St. Louis Public Radio News
7:38 am
Mon June 16, 2008

Lori Drew pleads not guilty in MySpace suicide case

Los Angeles, CA – Lori Drew, a St. Charles County woman charged in the MySpace hoax allegedly linked to 13-year-old Megan Meier's suicide, has pleaded not guilty in Los Angeles federal court.

Drew, 49, stood quietly beside her attorney today as U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Abrams asked if she understood the charges and conditions under which she was being released on bond. She said she did. Drew pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy and accessing protected computers without authorization to get information used to inflict emotional distress.

Drew allegedly helped create a MySpace account that pretended to be for a 16-year-old boy. The account was then used to send cruel messages to Megan. She hanged herself at home in 2006.