Two girls who stabbed their classmate 19 times on May 2014 are going to be tried as adults, a Wisconsin District Circuit Court judge has ruled. The kids, who were 12 years old at the time of the crime, believed that they had to kill their classmate in order to become faithful servants of a fictional character known as Slender Man.
Kids plotted for murder in months
Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier stabbed their classmate, Payton Leutner, 19 times and had purposely left her in the woods in Waukesha, The Associated Press reported, citing court documents it obtained. The two girls had invited Leutner first for a sleepover and enticed her to come into the woods with them in order to stage the murder.
According to AP, Geyser and Weier told investigators that they have planned of going away 300 miles from their home, in Nicolet National Forest. There, they can serve Slender Man in his mansion.
The Wisconsin law
Under the Wisconsin law, anyone 10 or older charged with first-degree attempted homicide is automatically considered as adult. Lawyers for both kids argued in court that the two should stay in juvenile facilities for they suffer mental illness. The attorneys have also asked for the court to declare unconstitutional the state law that forces 10-years-old to stay into adult prison.
However, Waukesha County Circuit Judge Michael Bohren ruled otherwise. While he recognized that the two girls are mentally ill, Bohren said they could go out from the juvenile facility at aged 18 without the full understanding of their crime. Furthermore, the girls may not receive proper medical treatment if they stayed in a juvenile prison, Bohren said. On the other hand, if they are convicted as adults, they could eventually be released with federal supervision and their treatment would continue.
Family grieves judge’s ruling
Weier’s and Geyser’s families were both highly emotional following the court’s decision, Fox 6 reported. Geyser’s father said her daughter is just a little girl. He also has a message for the Bohren.
“He should have thought harder. The system is broken,” Geyser’s father said.
“We are very upset. Someone should not have to pay for the rest of their life for something that happened when they were twelve. That is NOT ‘justice.’ It’s just sick,” Geyser’s mother said in an official statement obtained by Fox 6.
Speaking on behalf of the Weier’s family, an attorney said that their greatest worry now is how to tell Weier about the judge’s decision. The lawyer said the kid was not clear about what was happening so everything must be explained to her in thorough detail.
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