Court rules 12-year-old attempted murderers should be tried as adults
The Second District Appeals Court in Wisconsin decided last Wednesday, July 27 that Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier should be tried as adults in the attempted first-degree intentional homicide case. The two girls were famously convicted of trying to kill their classmate, Payton Leutner, to impress the fictional supernatural character Slender Man.
Geyser, Weier, and Leutner were all 12 years old when the stabbing occurred at a park in Waukesha in 2014. Leutner was discovered lying down along a dirt road, weak from the 19 stab wounds she incurred. The three are now 14-year-old teenagers. Trying the suspects as adults means that if they are found guilty of their charges, they could face imprisonment of up to 65 years. If the court decided to try them as juveniles, they could only face jail time up to three years.
Our attorneys at Hart Powell, S.C. frequently represent people faced with criminal charges. We know how difficult facing a conviction can be, especially if you are young. Call our offices today at (414) 271-9595 to speak with a qualified member of our legal team about your options.