So shocking! A Wisconsin state appeals court ruled on July 27 that the 2 girls accused of trying to kill their classmate in an attempt to please the fictional character Slender Man, should be tried as adults. The girls were just 12 years old when they committed the heinous crime!
The 2nd District Appeals court, in a pair of rulings, have affirmed a lower court’s determination that it is reasonable to try both girls, Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier, now 14, as adults in the Slender Man case where, at 12 years old, they tried to kill their friend in order to please the Slender Man fictional character. However, at this point, the girls could still appeal the rulings to the Wisconsin Supreme Court, according to the Associated Press.
BREAKING: Wisconsin appeals court says 2 girls accused in stabbing for `Slender Man’ character to be tried in adult court.
— The Associated Press (@AP) July 27, 2016
The appeals court said in its July 27 ruling that the Waukesha County Circuit Court “properly examined the fact” and “rationally determined” that Morgan and Anissa should be tried as adults. The two girls are charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide where convictions could send them to prison for up to 45 years. However, if they were to be tried as juveniles, they could be incarcerated for up to three years and then supervised until age 18.
For those who need a refresher: the girls were 12 years old in 2014 when investigators say they lured 12-year-old friend, Payton Leutner, to a park in Waukesha, which is about 20 miles west of Milwaukee. Authorities say the girls stabbed Payton a whopping 19 times in an attempted sacrifice to Slender Man, who is a fictitious horror character. Payton was left for dead but miraculously managed to crawl from a wooded area where she was later discovered by a bicyclist.
“She’s an amazing child,” Payton’s mother said in a 2014 interview on ABC’s 20/20. Payton’s father added, “She’s definitely our hero.” And even more beautiful, when the time was right, her parents asked the young girl how she was able to crawl out of the woods, and she replied, “I wanted to live.”
Tell us, HollywoodLifers — do you agree with the court’s ruling? Should the girls be tried as adults?