Two Wisconsin girls in Slenderman case to
appear in court hearings
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[December 18, 2014]
By Brendan O'Brien
(Reuters) - Two Wisconsin girls will be in
court on Thursday for hearings to determine if they are fit to stand
trial on charges that they lured a classmate into the woods and
repeatedly stabbed her to please Slenderman, a fictional Internet
Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier were both 12 when they were charged
as adults with first-degree attempted homicide in the attack on
their friend the morning after a sleepover in May in Waukesha, a
suburb west of Milwaukee.
The girls told investigators they attacked their classmate to
impress Slenderman, a tall, online bogeyman that they insisted was
real, according to a criminal complaint.
The victim was stabbed 19 times but survived. She returned to school
in September, a family spokesman said.
Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Michael Bohren ruled Geyser
incompetent on Aug. 1 and committed her to a state health services
facility, where she was held and treated.
On Nov. 18, Bohren unsealed an expert report that found Geyser
mentally competent to stand trial. Her attorney requested and was
granted a competency hearing, set for Thursday, when he is expected
to challenge the findings.
Weier, who is now 13, was found competent to stand trial under
mental evaluations released publicly in court on Oct. 22. Weier's
attorneys objected to the findings and Bohren scheduled a competency
hearing for her for Thursday.
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Wisconsin law requires attempted homicide cases involving suspects
at least 10 years old to begin in adult court before attorneys can
ask a judge to move the case to juvenile court.
The girls could be sentenced to up to 60 years in prison if
convicted of attempted homicide as adults. They could be held until
age 25 if convicted as juveniles.
(Reporting by Brendan O'Brien in Milwaukee; Editing by Mohammad
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