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(WAUKESHA, Wisc.) — Friday, a judge will make his ruling on whether there is probable cause that the Slender Man stabbing suspects committed attempted first-degree homicide.

If the judge decides there is sufficient probable cause, the case would then proceed in adult court. Otherwise, a lesser charge could be presented, moving the proceedings into juvenile court.

Moran Geyser and Anissa Weier were arrested May 31, 2014 after they allegedly stabbed their then-12-year-old friend Payton Leutner 19 times and left her to die in the woods of their hometown. Leutner survived the attack.

The two suspects said they had committed the stabbing in an attempt to please the fictional Internet character, “Slender Man.” The character is often depicted as a horror figure who stalks children in online fan fiction stories. In interrogation tapes, Morgan described Slender Man to the detective on the interrogation tape as “a tall, faceless man who preys on children.”

“He watches you,” she added. “I’ve never seen him. He’s everywhere.”

In the interrogation video, the then-12-year-old Anissa said, “He can be anywhere from 6 feet to 14 feet tall… he doesn’t have a face, his skin is white and at his own will he can, um, like, exploit these tendrils from his back and um, like, strangle his victims.”

Authorities say Morgan repeatedly told detectives it was “necessary” to kill Payton to become “proxies” of Slender Man and live with him in his mansion in the woods.

They believed his mansion was in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in northern Wisconsin. Morgan told police their plan to kill their friend began as early as December 2013.

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