NEW INFORMATION: Doctor to evaluate 12-year-old stabbing suspect

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) -- A court commissioner has ordered a competency evaluation for one of two 12-year-old girls accused of stabbing a classmate 19 times in a quest to please a spooky fictional character they read about online.

Attorney Anthony Cotton requested the competency hearing for his client in court Wednesday. Cotton says he can't give details about why he questions the girl's competency but has an obligation to raise the issue if he sees signs that spur a question.

A state-appointed doctor will evaluate his client.

The other girl's attorney says he is not raising competency as an issue right now but could later. Attorney Joseph Smith Jr. says now he is seeking information from prosecutors to help prepare for a preliminary hearing.

The girls are due back in court July 2.
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WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) --Two 12-year-old girls accused of stabbing a friend 19 times and leaving her to die in a park in southeastern Wisconsin are due back in adult court.

The girls are scheduled for a status conference in Waukesha County Circuit Court Wednesday. They are charged as adults with first-degree attempted homicide and are being held on $500,000 cash bond. The 12-year-old victim survived the May 31 attack by crawling out of some woods to a road where a passing bicyclist found her.

A criminal complaint says the girls had been planning to kill their friend for months and were trying to become "proxies" of Slender Man, a mythological character they learned about on a website about horror stories and legends.

The victim is out of the hospital and is recovering at home.


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