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

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.