Girl found incompetent in 'Slenderman' case, hearing set

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Posted: Jul 02, 2014 7:04 AM

By Brendan O'Brien

WAUKESHA Wis. (Reuters) - A judge on Wednesday ordered a competency hearing for one of two Wisconsin pre-teen girls accused of stabbing a friend to please the fictional Internet character "Slenderman" after experts deemed her mentally incompetent to proceed with her defense.

Two doctors concluded that 12-year-old Morgan Geyser was incompetent, according to the results of mental evaluationsdisclosed in Waukesha County Circuit Court on Wednesday.

Geyser and Anissa Weier, also 12, have been charged as adults with first-degree attempted homicide. They are accused of luring a classmate into a park and stabbing her 19 times in late May in Waukesha, a western suburb of Milwaukee. She survived.Geyser's family and prosecutors had both commissioned mental competency exams. Judge Michael Bohren ordered a competency hearing at the request of prosecutors and sought another examination of Geyser that focuses on her mental state at the time of the alleged stabbing, her attorney Anthony Cotton said.

Cotton said he wants the case moved to juvenile court, away from the media and public.

Wisconsin law requires attempted homicide cases involving suspects at least 10 years old to begin in adult court before attorneys can ask a judge to move the case to juvenile court.

Weier also appeared in court on Wednesday. A status hearing has been set for her case on Aug. 1

(Reporting by Brendan O'Brien; Editing by Sandra Maler and Susan Heavey)