Wisconsin girls accused in 'Slenderman'
stabbing to appear in court
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[June 11, 2014]
By Brendan O'Brien
MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - Two 12-year-old
Wisconsin girls accused of luring a friend into the woods and stabbing
her 19 times to please a fictional Internet character are expected to
appear in court on Wednesday for a scheduling hearing, according to
Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser are due to appear in front of a
court commissioner in Waukesha County Circuit Court where they have
been charged as adults with first-degree attempted homicide, Deputy
District Attorney Sue Opper said.
On May 31, after a sleepover with their classmate and friend, Weier
and Geyser lured her into the woods and stabbed her 19 times with a
kitchen knife, according to a criminal complaint.
The girls told investigators they stabbed her to impress Slenderman,
a tall, creepy fictional bogeyman they insisted was real, the
complaint said. Weier told a detective she thought she would be able
to go live with Slenderman if she killed someone, the complaint
The girl who was stabbed was released from the hospital six days
after the attack, said a statement posted by her family on a
fundraising website. More than $43,000 has been raised to help pay
for her medical treatment.
Wisconsin law requires attempted homicide cases that involve
suspects at least 10 years old to begin in adult court before
attorneys can ask a judge to move the case to juvenile court, away
from the media and public.
Geyser's attorney, Anthony Cotton, said in a recent interview that
moving the case to juvenile court would be "the responsible route to
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Opper said the court must determine if there is probable cause to
proceed with the case before deciding whether it should be heard in
The girls face up to 60 years in prison if convicted as adults of
attempted homicide. They could be incarcerated to age 25 if they are
convicted as juveniles under Wisconsin law.
(Reporting by Brendan O'Brien; Editing by Peter Cooney)
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