Judge Orders Separate Trials for Wisconsin Girls in Slender Man Case

Judge Orders Separate Trials for Wisconsin Girls in Slender Man Case Photo: AP/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Michael Sears

September 06, 2017 12:58 PM

A judge has ordered separate trials for two Wisconsin girls accused of trying to kill a classmate to please a fictional horror character called Slender Man.
    
Waukesha County Circuit Judge Michael Bohren announced his ruling Monday. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Bohren ordered separate trials for 14-year-old Morgan Geyser and 15-year-old Anissa Weier after learning both defense teams and prosecutors agreed that a joint trial could pose legal risks.
    
Both girls were 12 when prosecutors say they stabbed classmate Payton Leutner 19 times in a Waukesha park following a sleepover in 2014. Payton survived. She was able to crawl to a path where a bicyclist found her.
    
Geyser and Weier have pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease to attempted homicide charges in adult court.

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