Girls in Slender Man stabbing case seek separate trials

Lawyers: Joint trial could confuse jurors
Posted at 1:05 PM, Oct 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-18 16:28:23-04

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Two girls accused of trying to kill their classmate as a sacrifice to horror character Slender Man are asking for separate trials.

Lawyers for Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser filed motions last week with Waukesha County Circuit Judge Michael Bohren arguing a joint trial could confuse jurors.

Both girls have made statements to investigators implicating the other.

Investigators say the girls, who were 12 at the time of the 2014 attack, plotted for months before luring the victim, who also was 12, into some woods and repeatedly stabbing her.

The girls hoped killing her would please Slender Man, a demon-like character in online stories.