A Wisconsin judge has ruled that the two 13-year-old girls involved in the ‘Slender Man’ attempted murder case will be tried as adults. The pair accused of stabbing a classmate 19 times could now face up to 65 years in prison!
It’s been over a year since Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser, both 13, allegedly stabbed Payton Leutner, 13, in the woods of Wisconsin, reportedly in a ritual involving the fictional character, Slender Man. Now, a Judge has ruled that these two teenage girls will continued to be charged as adults.
Waukesha Country Circuit Judge Michael Bohren ruled that the two girls should remain in adult court, reports NBC News. They have been charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide, which automatically places the girls in adult court under Wisconsin law. If found guilty, each girl could receive up to 65 years in prison.
The news broke the heart of the girls’ family. “The system is broken,” Morgan’s father said as he left the courtroom following the judge’s ruling, reports NBC affiliate WTMJ. The girls’ defense attorneys reportedly asked the judge to declare the law unconstitutional, claiming it leads to cruel and unusual punishment. The judge denied the request.
This is a sad affair. Despite reports claiming that one of the girls was “mentally incompetent,” the both reportedly underwent mental evaluations in Dec. 2014. The results deemed that they were sane and fit for trial. With this new ruling, they will be tried at adults at their next court date, which is scheduled for Aug. 21.
On May 31, 2014, a cyclist in Waukesha, Wisconsin discovered 12-year Payton, covered in blood, in the middle of the bike path. He called 911 and she was rushed to the hospital. Thankfully, she recovered from her 19 stab wounds and she told of Morgan and Anissa’s attempt to kill her. The two girls allegedly lured their friend out to the woods, hoping to kill her to appease the fictional Slender Man character. In her first interview since the stabbing, Payton was seen carving pumpkins, playing with a cat, attending a Katy Perry concert and living the life of a normal girl.
What do you think about the judge’s ruling that these two 13-year-old girls should be tried as adults, HollywoodLifers?
— Jason Brow