It’s official: the two 12-year-old girls who allegedly stabbed their friend 19 times and left her for dead in honor of the fictional character Slender Man will stand trial — as adults.
Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser, both 12, have been found competent to stand trial after they allegedly plotted and attempted to murder their friend, Payton Leutner, also 12. This shocking news comes 7 months after the horrifying stabbing, in which Payton was left covered in blood and stab wounds while crawling through a wooded area in Wisconsin.
Slender Man Stabbers, 12, Will Face Trial As Adults
Both Morgan and Anissa underwent mental evaluations ordered by a Wisconsin judge, and both girls were later deemed competent enough to face a trial, reports People.
The judge’s decision was revealed on Friday, Dec. 19, as both young girls prepare to spend their first Christmas behind bars.
Anissa’s defense team argued the ruling and even called on not one, but two doctors who testified that she was “unfit” to stand trial.
However, the judge then called upon the state’s doctor, Robert Rawski, who revealed that Anissa very much understands what’s happening.
“I said, ‘What do you know about why they’re charging you with first-degree intentional homicide?’ She said, ‘It means I intended to kill somebody.'”
Morgan & Anissa’s Lawyers Still Fighting For Juvenile Court
Shortly after Morgan and Anissa were brought into police custody after the May 30 attack on their friend, Payton, both girls were charged as adults with first-degree intentional homicide.
Ever since, their judges have continuously declared they will fight to have the case brought to juvenile court so that each girl receives a lesser punishment if found guilty by trial.
Unfortunately, Wisconsin state law declares that anyone over the age of 10 years old who receives an attempted murder charge must be charged as an adult.
— Lauren Cox