(WAUKESHA, Wis.) — The two Wisconsin girls charged with attempted homicide in the so-called “Slender Man” stabbings will continue to be prosecuted as adults for now.
A judge ruled Friday there is enough probably cause for first-degree attempted homicide charges against the pair.
Without a lesser charge, the cases cannot automatically be moved into juvenile court without reverse waiver hearings.
Reverse-waiver hearing dates have now been set, where the defense teams will argue whether the first-degree charge should remain in adult court or continue in juvenile court, said Judge Michael Bohren.
Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier, both now 13, were arrested on May, 31, 2014, after allegedly stabbing their then-12-year-old friend Payton Leutner 19 times and leaving her to die in the woods in their hometown of Waukesha, Wisconsin. But after being rushed to the hospital with life threatening injuries, Payton survived.
Weier’s reverse-waiver hearing is set for May 26 and 27; Geyser’s is scheduled for June 17 and 18, the judge said.
The defendants claim they were obsessed with the fictional character “Slender Man,” who is often depicted in fan fiction stories online as a horror figure who stalks children.
In court this past February, drawings depicting “Slender Man and dismembered Barbie dolls recovered from Geyser’s bedroom were shown.
When asked to describe “Slender Man,” Geyser told the detective that he was “a tall, faceless man who preys on children,” according to the tapes.
“He watches you,” she added. “I’ve never seen him. He’s everywhere.”
Authorities say Geyser repeatedly told detectives it was “necessary” to kill her friend 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. Geyser told police their plan to kill their friend began as early as December 2013.
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