Appeals Court Rules Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser Should be Tried as Adults in Slender Man Case
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin state appeals court has ruled that two girls accused of trying to kill their classmate in an attempt to please the fictional horror character Slender Man should be tried as adults.
The 2nd District Appeals court on Wednesday affirmed a lower court's determination that it was reasonable to try both Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser as adults. The girls could appeal the rulings to the state Supreme Court.
The girls were 12-years-old in 2014 when, authorities say, they lured their classmate into woods in Waukesha after a birthday sleepover and repeatedly stabbed her. The victim, who was also 12, was found along a road, bleeding from wounds that nearly killed her.
Anissa Weier's attorney released the following statement today:
"We are reviewing the decision and conferring with our appellate division to determine if further appeal is appropriate. We will be discussing the issue with our child client before making any further decisions. We are disappointed and saddened by the court of appeals conclusion, and hope that one day soon, Wisconsin will join the states whose laws take into account the developmental differences between a child and an adult."
- Maura Mcmahon, Anissa Weier's Attorney