Accused Slender Man Stabbers Want Release

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Two Wisconsin girls accused of trying to kill their friend as a sacrifice to the horror fiction character Slender Man are seeking their release. They’ve been in custody nearly two years in custody, and say they’re not dangerous and can return to family.

An attorney for one of the girls adds that his client is a vulnerable inmate. He says she was sexually assaulted last year at a county detention center where she is being held. CBS reports that a judge will consider the girls’ requests Friday. The prosecutor had no comment on Wednesday.

The girls were 12 years old when the attack happened. HLN says then 12-year-old Morgan Geyser and 12-year-old Anissa Weier lured a classmate and friend into the woods. Authorities say the two stabbed the victim 19 times after asking the victim to play hide-and-seek. Incredibly, the girl survived. Geyser and Weier told investigators they planned to kill the victim in an attempt to impress a fictional internet character, Slender Man. Investigators say the two allegedly planning the attack months in advance.

Pictured: Slender Man (Via Wikimedia Commons)

Pictured: Slender Man (Via Wikimedia Commons)

Prosecutors say the defendants are each charged as adults with attempted first-degree murder. Both girls were found competent to stand trial by a judge. Each of the accused attackers faces up to 65 years in prison if tried in adult court and convicted. In juvenile court, the girls could not be held beyond age 25, reports CBS.

In one court appearance, clinical psychologist Deborah Collins testified that the now 13-year-old defendant told her and others at a mental health facility that she had a relationship with Slender Man. She said the girl also believed she had a relationship with other fictional characters, like Lord Voldmort, the villain in Harry Potter. Police detectives testified that both girls believed they had to kill their friend in order to protect themselves and their families from Slender Man.

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