- Feb 25, 2013
- Reaction score
During court proceedings Monday in Placerville Lindsay Piper pleaded no contest to second-degree murder in the death of her 11-year-old stepson Roman Lopez, according to the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office.
Roman was reported missing in January 2020, then found deceased in the Coloma Street rental house his father Jordan Piper, stepmother Lindsay and seven other children were staying in.
Lindsay is scheduled to be sentenced July 8. Her not-guilty plea to child abuse and torture charges remains.
The Pipers have been in custody facing murder charges since February 2021 as suspects in the January 2020 death of Lopez, who was found dead in the basement of the family’s Placerville home.
For more than a year no information was released by police as they conducted their investigation. That all changed Feb. 4, 2021, when Placerville Police Chief Joseph Wren announced Jordan and Lindsay were arrested in Calaveras County on suspicion of child abuse and torture.
Wren said the case involved the analysis of forensic evidence. He said the department seized electronic devices, reviewed data and worked with medical professionals and experts in the child abuse field.
Charges filed against Jordan, 36, and Lindsay, 38, by the DA include torture and child abuse “under circumstances or conditions likely to produce great bodily injury or death.” Jordan was also charged with failure to provide for a child while Lindsay was charged with the crime of poisoning.
“Lindsay Marie Piper willfully and unlawfully mingled a poison and harmful substance with food, drink, medicine and pharmaceutical product,” according to the criminal complaint filed by the DA.
In November the District Attorney’s Office was able to add a murder charge against each of the Pipers following interviews with other children who were living at the Coloma Street house.