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Doctors say one of the girls charged in 'Slender Man' attack not competent for trial

Lawyers for the two girls charged in the "Slender Man" attack may seek to have the case moved to juvenile court.
By Frances Burns   |   July 2, 2014 at 3:17 PM   |   Comments

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WAUKESHA, Wis., July 2 (UPI) -- Doctors who evaluated one of the Wisconsin girls charged with stabbing a classmate to placate a fictional character say she is incompetent to stand trial, her lawyers say.

A judge ordered another evaluation of Morgan Geyser on Wednesday, granting a request by prosecutors. Prosecutors said the evaluation should include information on whether Geyser can use an insanity defense.

Geyser and Anissa Weier, both 12, allegedly launched a vicious attack on the third girl, a middle school classmate in Waukesha, after an overnight sleepover to celebrate Geyser's birthday. The two girls allegedly told police they were trying to appease "Slender Man," a character on an Internet horror site that they believed was real and living in a state forest in northern Wisconsin.

Both girls have been charged as adults. They are being held in secure juvenile detention and appeared in court in handcuffs and prison uniforms.

Circuit Court Judge Michael Bohren scheduled a competency hearing for Geyser and a status hearing for Weier on Aug. 1. Lawyers say both girls are planning to try to have the case moved to juvenile court.

The victim was stabbed 19 times in a wooded area in a Waukesha in an attack aimed at killing her and then left for dead. She crawled out of the park and was found by a cyclist.

She is now out of the hospital and reported to be recovering.

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