“Today, Payton is a strong young woman who is excelling in school and doing many things that a teenager would do with her family and friends,” says family spokesman Steve Lyons.
On Tuesday, the same day Payton turned 15, a Waukesha County judge set a trial date in her case for Oct. 2 and ruled that a confession by suspect Morgan Geyser will be admissible. The judge also ruled there will be no change of venue, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Lyons says Payton and her family are “pleased” with the judge’s decisions.
“We’re confident Payton and her family will see justice for this horrible, pre-meditated crime,” says Lyons, who works for the law firm Husch Blackwell in Madison, Wisconsin.