A judge in Wisconsin has temporarily halted an attempted murder case against two now-teen girls, who were accused of stabbing a classmate. In the bizarre case, the girls allegedly stabbed their schoolmate in order to please a fictional character from the Internet named Slenderman. Amateur-written horror stories about Slenderman appear on many online forums.
The case has been halted while lawyers try to get it moved into juvenile court.
Stabbed the Victim 19 Times
All of the girls involved in the case were 12 years of age at the time of the incident, which happened last May in Waukesha, a Milwaukee suburb. According to prosecutors, the two accused girls stabbed the victim 19 times.
A District Court Judge in Waukesha postponed the case to allow more time to decide whether it will be moved to juvenile court. According to Wisconsin law, all cases that involve first-degree attempted intentional murder and suspects of 10 years of age and older must begin in adult court. However, arguments can later be made to move them to juvenile court, which is what attorneys representing the accused girls are trying to do in this case.
Could Be Sentenced to 60 Years in Prison
If the girls are convicted as adults, they could be sent to prison for 60 years. If they are convicted as juveniles, they could be held in prison until they reach the age of 25.
According to the girls' defense attorneys, the District Court Judge on the case did not appropriately weigh the testimony and evidence in the case when he decided to keep the matter in adult court.
Prosecutors in the case say that the young girls lured their unsuspecting schoolmate into a wooden area and then stabbed her so they could impress the fictional Internet character Slenderman. Fortunately, the victim survived the stabbing and she was able to return to school in late 2014.
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