AUGUSTA, Maine — The Winthrop teen accused of killing his parents on Oct. 31 entered a “no answer” plea Thursday afternoon at the Capital Judicial Center.
Antonio and Alice Balcer, both 47, were killed at their Pine Knoll Road home in Winthrop, and the couple’s son, Andrew Balcer, 17, has been charged with their murders.
The charges against Balcer were read in court and then the teen entered his plea. A “no answer” plea in juvenile court is neither an admission nor denial, “as it is a juvenile case,” Balcer’s attorney Walter McKee of Augusta said in a Thursday email.
McKee has already said his client will not waive the bind over hearing, which will determine whether he is tried as an adult. No new details about the Balcers’ deaths were made public Thursday.
Balcer made his first court appearance on Nov. 1 and District Court Judge Eric Walker sealed the affidavit filed in support of the teen’s arrest at the request of McKee.
The judge also ordered Andrew Balcer to undergo a psychological evaluation and that he be held without bail at Long Creek Youth Development Center in South Portland until trial.
“The impoundment order was extended 60 days to allow for completion of the evaluation and the investigation and the parties will work with the court to get a status conference date in late January,” Tim Feeley, spokesman for the Maine attorney general, said in a Thursday afternoon email.
State law requires such an evaluation be ordered when the prosecution files a motion to try a juvenile as an adult. The psychological evaluation is scheduled to begin Dec. 7, it was announced at court, Feeley said.
Alice Balcer worked at the Winthrop Veterinary Hospital. Her Facebook page says she was a receptionist and veterinary assistant and previously had worked at the Kennebec Valley Humane Society.
“She fiercely loved her family, including her two sons, husband, parents, aunt, siblings and their families, her extended family and friends, and her many animals,” her obituary states. “She led life with unbounded energy, making the rest of us appear as mere mortals in her athletic abilities, mental and physical toughness, and her tenaciousness throughout all of her pursuits. An outdoor enthusiast, she took daily runs with her dogs, enjoyed kayaking off the Maine coast and skiing with family and friends at Sugarloaf.”
Antonio Balcer was retired from the U.S. Coast Guard and a member of the Exiles Motorcycle Club.
“His first love came when he enlisted in the United States Coast Guard following high school, where he found his true calling,” his obituary states. “He loved the ocean and being at sea, and it was in the Coast Guard he met his future wife, Alice ‘Ali’ Pierce. Tony and Ali raised their two sons on Nantucket and in Maine. When not on extended deployments, he enjoyed spending time with his family and in the outdoors camping, hunting and fishing. He retired as Chief Warrant Officer-2 in 2012.”
Antonio Balcer served as a road captain and webmaster for the Exiles organization, which bills itself as the oldest motorcycle club in Maine, according to its website. He also was involved with other motorcycle clubs, his obituary states.
“Tony was an avid participant in several regional motorcycle clubs. Known by many in this community as ‘Rev,’ he served as chaplain, often officiating at club weddings and services,” it states. “He spread his love for and relationship with the Lord through gentle prayer, providing guidance and support to those around him.”
A visitation for family and friends will be held 1-4 p.m. Saturday at Plummer Funeral Home, 16 Pleasant St., in Augusta.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Alice Balcer’s memory may be made to Kennebec Valley Humane Society, 10 Pet Haven Lane, Augusta, Maine 04330 or pethavenlane.org, and donations in Antonio Balcer’s memory may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675 or woundedwarriorproject.org.
Condolences, photos and memories may be shared at www.plummerfh.com.