MADISON, Wis. – A southeastern Wisconsin judge will decide whether there's enough evidence to send to trial two girls accused of nearly killing a classmate to please a fantasy character called Slender Man.
A preliminary hearing for the two girls got underway Monday in a packed courtroom in Waukesha County. Prosecutors charged the girls as adults with first-degree attempted homicide in the attack at a park in Waukesha last May. The defendants and victim were all 12 at the time of the attack.
Authorities say Payton Leutner was stabbed 19 times, but managed to crawl out of the woods where she was attacked to a path where a bicyclist found her.
The Associated Press isn't naming the defendants because their attorneys say they may try to move their cases into juvenile court.