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Judge orders separate trials for girls in Slender Man case

WAUKESHA, Wis. – A judge has ordered separate trials for two Wisconsin girls accused of trying to kill a classmate to a fictional horror character called Slender Man.

Waukesha County Circuit Judge Michael Bohren announced his ruling Monday. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/2hglPLV reports Bohren ordered separate trials for a 14-year-old Morgan Geyser, and 15-year-old Anissa Weier after the learning of both the defense teams and prosecutors agreed that a joint trial could pose legal risks.

Both girls were 12 when prosecutors say she stabbed classmate Payton Leutner 19 times in a Waukesha park after a sleepover in 2014. Payton survived. She was able to crawl to a road where a cyclist found her.

Geyser and Weier have pled not guilty due to mental illness on attempted murder charges in adult court.

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Information: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com

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