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Drew case goes to federal jury

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Megan Meier, 13, hanged herself in 2006 after receiving an online message saying the world would be better off without her.

By AP/KWMU

Los Angeles – A federal jury in Los Angeles is deciding the case of a St. Charles County woman accused of orchestrating an online hoax that preceded the suicide of a teenage neighbor.

The case against Lori Drew went to jurors late Monday after closing arguments by both sides.

Prosecutors allege Drew created a hoax in which a profile of a fictitious boy was created on MySpace to contact 13-year-old Megan Meier.

They say Drew wanted to know if Megan was spreading rumors about her daughter.

Megan committed suicide in 2006 after receiving a cruel message.

The jury will decide charges of conspiracy and accessing computers without authorization.

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