The two Wisconsin girls accused of repeatedly stabbing their classmate to please fictitious horror character Slender Man will be tried as adults, a judge has ruled.
NBC News reports that Waukesha County Circuit Judge Michael Bohren decided Friday that the two girls would face first-degree attempted homicide charges, and not second-degree charges that would have seen their case heard in Juvenile Court.
The two girls, who were 12 at the time though one has since turned 13, are accused of luring their 12-year-old friend into the woods in Waukesha before stabbing her 19 times on May 31 last year.
The pair reportedly both told investigators they carried out the attack – which the girl survived – to please Slender Man, a fantasy horror character they believed was real.
But before the pair can be tried in adult court, ABC News reports their attorneys requested the chance appeal the judge's decision to try them as adults, which was granted. The appeal hearings will be held in May and June.
Attorneys had argued at a preliminary hearing last month that the girls believed they had to kill their friend to protect their families from Slender Man, which should be enough mitigation to warrant a second-degree charge, KARE 11 reports.