Girls accused of stabbing a classmate will remain in adult court for now

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Teen Girls To Be Tried As Adults In 'Slender Man' Stabbing

WAUKESHA COUNTY (WITI) - It's a shocking and unusual case against two young girls accused of stabbing a friend 19 times in Waukesha County. The infamous case surrounding the fictional character Slender Man and the girls' efforts to please him will stay in adult court for now. That's even though the girls were just 12 years old when they allegedly committed the crime.

The Waukesha County judge hearing the case on Friday, March 13th says the girls started plotting to kill their best friend when they were just 11 years old - so they could be with Slender Man. The charge of first-degree intentional homicide will stand.

Testimony and recorded interviews with both girls have shown Morgan Geyser to be schizophrenic. Anissa Weier was apparently afraid Slenderman would kill her family if she did not kill her friend.

The girls' lawyers told the judge on Friday, March 13th, those are mitigating circumstances; facts that should lessen the crime. The lawyers wanted a second-degree charge which would put the case in Children's Court.

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Girls accused of stabbing a classmate will remain in adult court for now
Anissa Weier is led out of the courtroom by a sheriff's deputy on Aug. 21, 2015 during the arraignment of the Slenderman stabbing trial in Waukesha County Court in Waukesha, Wis. The court entered a not guilty plea for them and moved to set a trial date in mid-October. (Michael Sears/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)
Here Morgan Geyser is brought into court by a sheriff's deputy on Aug. 21, 2015 during the arraignment of the Slenderman stabbing trial in Waukesha County Court in Waukesha, Wis. The court entered a not guilty plea for them and moved to set a trial date in mid-October. (Michael Sears/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)
Waukesha, Wisc., USA. 2nd July, 2014. A judge ordered a competency hearing for one of two Wisconsin 12 year-old girls accused of stabbing their friend to please the fictional Internet character "Slenderman" after experts deemed her mentally incompetent to proceed with her defense, July 2, 2014 in Waukesha, Wisc. © Michael Sears/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel/MCT/Alamy Live News
Waukesha, Wisc., USA. 2nd July, 2014. A judge ordered a competency hearing for one of two Wisconsin 12 year-old girls accused of stabbing their friend to please the fictional Internet character "Slenderman" after experts deemed her mentally incompetent to proceed with her defense, July 2, 2014 in Waukesha, Wisc. © Michael Sears/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel/MCT/Alamy Live News
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Girl, 12, proves incompetent to stand trial. 

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Anissa Weier, accused of being involved in the stabbing of another girl related to the 'Slenderman' online story, is led into the courtroom on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016 in Waukesha, Wis. (Michael Sears/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)
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"With respect to Ms. Geyser's case, she a schizophrenic diagnosed post event by a doctor who diagnosed her in Winnebago. And when her room was searched, it was filled with an unyielding belief in Slender Man; that he exists, that he's real," said Anthony Cotton, Geyser's attorney.

"We would've preferred the judge to agree that the mitigating factors had been shown," said Maura McMahon, Weier's attorney.

Videos of not only Geyser but Weier talking to detectives show, the lawyers say, a fear that if they didn't kill their friend, Slenderman would kill their families.

"She was in tears. Her response was that he could teleport; that he could kill her family in three seconds," said McMahon.

The judge says while that is true, there are several other motives that were there - leaving the charge as first degree.

Weier and Geyser are bound over for trial as their case continues in adult court while their lawyers plan for the next step to change that.

In May and June there will be more hearings to see if the girls can be put into the juvenile system based on things like expert testimony - saying they are not developed enough or mature enough to be responsible for their crime as adults.

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