Homicide

Judge to decide whether girls accused in Slender Man stabbing case can be tried as adults

  • One of two girls, suspects in the Slenderman stabbing case, is escorted into court in Milwaukee on Friday, March 13, 2015. On Friday, a judge decided to try the two 12-year-olds as adults. The two girls told detectives the attack was an attempt to please Slenderman, a fictional character they found on a horror website. If convicted, they could be sentenced to 65 years. (AP Photo/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Michael Sears, Pool)

    One of two girls, suspects in the Slenderman stabbing case, is escorted into court in Milwaukee on Friday, March 13, 2015. On Friday, a judge decided to try the two 12-year-olds as adults. The two girls told detectives the attack was an attempt to please Slenderman, a fictional character they found on a horror website. If convicted, they could be sentenced to 65 years. (AP Photo/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Michael Sears, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • One of two girls, suspects in the Slenderman stabbing case, is escorted into court in Milwaukee on Friday, March 13, 2015. On Friday, a judge decided to try the two 12-year-olds as adults. The two girls told detectives the attack was an attempt to please Slenderman, a fictional character they found on a horror website. If convicted, they could be sentenced to 65 years. (AP Photo/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Michael Sears, Pool)

    One of two girls, suspects in the Slenderman stabbing case, is escorted into court in Milwaukee on Friday, March 13, 2015. On Friday, a judge decided to try the two 12-year-olds as adults. The two girls told detectives the attack was an attempt to please Slenderman, a fictional character they found on a horror website. If convicted, they could be sentenced to 65 years. (AP Photo/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Michael Sears, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • Defense attorney Anthony Cotton speaks to reporters in Milwaukee on Friday, March 13, 2015 after a judge decided to try the two 12-year-old suspects in the Slenderman stabbing case as adults. The two girls told detectives the attack was an attempt to please Slenderman, a fictional character they found on a horror website. If convicted, they could be sentenced to 65 years. (AP Photo/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Michael Sears, Pool)

    Defense attorney Anthony Cotton speaks to reporters in Milwaukee on Friday, March 13, 2015 after a judge decided to try the two 12-year-old suspects in the Slenderman stabbing case as adults. The two girls told detectives the attack was an attempt to please Slenderman, a fictional character they found on a horror website. If convicted, they could be sentenced to 65 years. (AP Photo/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Michael Sears, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

A judge in southeastern Wisconsin is expected to decide whether an attempted homicide case against two girls accused of stabbing a classmate to please the fictional character Slender Man should proceed in adult court.

Attorneys for the girls, ages 12 and 13, say the defendants don't belong in adult court and that charges of attempted first-degree intentional homicide should be dismissed.

Waukesha County Circuit Judge Michael Bohren is scheduled to issue a ruling Friday.

The girls are accused of stabbing classmate Payton Leutner 19 times in a wooded park in Waukesha last May. Leutner has recovered from the wounds that nearly killed her.

If the girls' case lands in juvenile court and they are convicted, they could be sent to a secure facility until age 25.