Two Wisconsin girls, Anissa Weier, now thirteen, and Morgan Geyser, will stand trial as adults in the stabbing attack on Payton Leutner on May 30, 2014. The girls, both twelve at the time of the attack, are from Waukesha. The victim, a friend of the two girls was stabbed nineteen times and nearly killed in the attack.
Investigators have said that the two girls wanted to be with Slender Man, a fictional horror character they read about online. According to the stories, Slender Man likes to kidnap and kill children. The girls allegedly plotted for months on how to kill their victim by luring her to a park after a sleep-over. The stabbing occurred in the park. After the girls left, the victim crawled to a sidewalk, where a bicyclist found her and called 911 for help.
Under Wisconsin law, children ten years of age or older are proceeded against initially in adult court, and only then can defense counsel seek to have the case moved to juvenile court. In proceedings in the Waukesha County Circuit Court on December 18, Judge Michael Bohren ruled that each girl is able to assist in her own defenses and competent to stand trial. Both girls have been charged with first degree intentional homicide and face up to sixty years in prison if they are convicted as adults. If their cases are in fact tried in juvenile court and they are convicted, they could be held in prison until age twenty-five.
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