The 12-year-old girls accused of stabbing their friend 19 times in an Internet-inspired attack are scheduled to appear in a Wisconsin courtroom today for a status conference at which a judge could decide if their case will be sent to juvenile court.
Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier are charged as adults with attempted first-degree intentional homicide after allegedly luring their victim into the woods with a game of hide-and-seek, then stabbing her repeatedly on May 31.
According to court documents, the girls say they carried out the attack in hopes of meeting a fictional online character named Slender Man.
Legal expert Wendy Murphy said it’s rare for children this young to be facing such severe charges.
“The girls are in adult court because this is such a serious crime. And they should be facing serious consequences,” Murphy said. “On the other hand, they’re 12. And most crimes committed by 12-year-olds, even if they’re serious, are handled in juvenile court.”
At today’s court hearing, defense attorneys could also request to have the suspects’ $500,000 bail reduced. The girls have been behind bars since the alleged attack.
Their alleged victim managed to survive, crawling out to a nearby road, gasping for air and catching the attention of a bicyclist who called 911.
She’s now recovering at home.
“Her physical wounds ... are healing more quickly than anticipated,” her parents said in a statement.
That healing process has been aided by boxes and boxes of purple hearts -- purple is her favorite color. The hearts have been sent from around the world, signs of support for the girl who survived the unthinkable.