Wisconsin court: Teens in Slender Man case should be tried as adults

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July 27 (Reuters) - A Wisconsin appeals court ruled on Wednesday that two teenage girls should be tried as adults on charges they attempted to kill a classmate by stabbing her repeatedly to please a fictional Internet character named Slender Man.

The girls, Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser, have been in custody since they were charged with attempted first-degree homicide in the May 2014 attack in Waukesha, a suburb of Milwaukee.

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All three girls were 12 years old at the time of the stabbing. Weier and Geyser are now 14, according to Wisconsin media.

In a pair of rulings, the 2nd District Court of Appeals determined that the Waukesha County Circuit Court "properly exercised its discretion given the facts presented and made a decision a reasonable judge could make."

The girls can appeal to the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

An attorney for Weier could not be immediately reached for comment on the ruling. Geyser's lawyer was not taking any calls from the media.

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One of the two 12-year-old defendants is led into the courtroom in Waukesha, Wis. on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 during the trial for the stabbing of a third girl in May 2014. The two girls told detectives the attack was an attempt to please Slenderman, a fictional character they found on a horror website. (AP Photo/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Michael Sears, Pool)
Judge Michael Bohren rules one of two 12-year-old defendants mentally competent after hearing the testimony from doctors in a courtroom in Waukesha, Wis. on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 during the trial for the stabbing of a third girl in May 2014. The two girls told detectives the attack was an attempt to please Slenderman, a fictional character they found on a horror website. (AP Photo/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Michael Sears, Pool)
One of the two 12-year-old defendants is led into the courtroom in Waukesha, Wis. on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 during the trial for the stabbing of a third girl in May 2014. The two girls told detectives the attack was an attempt to please Slenderman, a fictional character they found on a horror website. (AP Photo/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Michael Sears, Pool)
One of the two 12-year-old defendants' hands are unshackled to allow her to make notes in a courtroom in Waukesha, Wis. on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 during the trial for the stabbing of a third girl in May 2014. The two girls told detectives the attack was an attempt to please Slenderman, a fictional character they found on a horror website. (AP Photo/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Michael Sears, Pool)
Joseph Smith, attorney for one of two 12-year-old defendants, sits in a courtroom at the county court in Waukesha, Wis. on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 during the trial for two 12-year-old girls accused of stabbing another girl in May 2014. The two girls told detectives the attack was an attempt to please Slenderman, a fictional character they found on a horror website. (AP Photo/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Michael Sears)
Dr. Robert Rawski testifies to the mental competency of one of two 12-year-old defendants in a courtroom in Waukesha, Wis. on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 during the trial for the stabbing of a third girl in May 2014. The two girls told detectives the attack was an attempt to please Slenderman, a fictional character they found on a horror website. (AP Photo/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Michael Sears, Pool)
One of two Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing their classmate to please horror character Slender Man appears in court during the second day of a preliminary hearing in Waukesha, Wis., An attorney for one of two girls to convince a judge Tuesday to move her case into juvenile court, arguing that his client is mentally disturbed and believed she had to kill to protect herself and her family from the creature. Bohren declined to rule on anything Tuesday, asking all sides to submit briefs. All three girls were 12 years old at the time of the incident. (AP Photo/Journal Sentinel, Rick Wood, POOL)
A photo taken on June 3, 2014, shows a Waukesha, Wis. park where two 12-year-old girls are accused of planning to kill another 12-year-old girl before deciding to go to some nearby woods, where the girl was severely injured with 19 stab wounds. Prosecutors say the two 12-year-olds stabbed their acquaintance to please a fictional creature they learned about online. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)
FILE - In this Saturday, May 31, 2014, file photo, rescue workers take a 12-year-old stabbing victim to an ambulance in Waukesha, Wis. Neighbors of two U.S. girls accused of stabbing another girl nearly to death say they're struggling to reconcile the allegations with what they know about the 12-year-olds and their upbringings. (AP Photo/Abe Van Dyke, File)
FILE - The site in Waukesha, Wis., where a bicyclist found a 12-year-old girl who had 19 stab wounds is seen in this Tuesday June 3, 2014, file photo. Two 12-year-old girls are accused of stabbing the girl in the woods to please a fictional character they learned about online. Neighbors of the two accused say they're struggling to reconcile the allegations with what they know about the 12-year-olds and their upbringings. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger, File)
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The girls' lawyers had argued that they were mentally ill when they stabbed their classmate. A judge ruled Weier and Geyser both were competent to stand trial. Health experts testified that Geyer suffers from schizophrenia, but has refused to take medication. Weier was diagnosed with a delusional disorder that made her believe in Slender Man.

Prosecutors have said the girls lured the classmate into the woods and stabbed her 19 times to impress Slender Man, a fictional supernatural Internet character depicted in stories as stalking and tormenting humans, especially children. The victim survived.

Weier and Geyser could each be sentenced to up to 65 years in prison if convicted as adults. They could be held until the age of 25 if convicted as juveniles.

Wisconsin law requires cases to begin in adult court if they involve juvenile suspects at least 10 years old who are charged with first-degree attempted intentional homicide. (Reporting by Justin Madden in Chicago; editing by Grant McCool)

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