Judge Orders Juries Sequestered during Slender Man Trials in Wisconsin

Judge Orders Juries Sequestered during Slender Man Trials in Wisconsin Photo: File Photo: AP/Michael Sears

August 11, 2017 11:27 AM

A judge has ordered jurors be sequestered during the trials of two teens accused of stabbing a classmate to impress a fictitious character called Slender Man.

Fifteen-year-olds Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier are charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide in the 2014 attack on Payton Leutner in Waukesha. Weier's trial is in September and Geyser's is in October.

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Defense attorneys had requested the trials be moved to another county or have juries drawn from elsewhere.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Waukesha County Judge Michael Bohren denied those requests Thursday but ordered the juries sequestered, meaning they will be isolated from the public during the trial - a rare move designed to prevent exposure to coverage of the case or people who might try to influence jurors.

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