Two Wisconsin girls determined fit to stand trial

A Wisconsin judge has stated that two girls accused of attempted homicide are fit to stand trial, according to reports from People. The two girls, Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser, have been accused of near-fatally stabbing a classmate during a game of hide-and-seek, all to appease the fictional online character Slender Man. Payton Leutner, the victim, was stabbed 19 times after a slumber party at Geyser’s home.

Weier’s defense attorney argued that Weier was “mentally unfit” to stand trial, calling on the testimony of two doctors who said she couldn’t “adequately aid her defense.” Wisconsin’s state doctor Robert Rawski, however, came to a different conclusion, and his testimony influenced Judge Michael Bohren to believe Weier comprehended her situation and the charges brought against her enough to stand trial. Geyser’s attorney did not initially dispute the state’s finding, but may use her diagnosis of schizophrenia to claim her mentally unfit.

Weier and Geyser, under Wisconsin law, face criminal charges of attempted homicide and could be tried as adults. Wisconsin law dictates that perpetrators older than 10 may be tried as such, although the girls’ attorneys are working to get the case moved to juvenile court, where penalties would be less severe.

Facing criminal charges in Wisconsin can be frightening, especially as a young adult. The attorneys at Hart Powell, S.C., provide comprehensive and aggressive defense of their clients in Milwaukee. If you have questions about juvenile trials or criminal charges, contact our Milwaukee offices at (414) 271-9595 today. The sooner you act, the better your chances are of receiving a favorable result from your case.