Mental evaluation ordered for 12-year-old stabbing suspect


One of the two 12-year-old suspects accused in an attempted murder case in Wisconsin will be evaluated to see if she is mentally competent to stand trial. The two girls, Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier, appeared in Waukesha County Circuit Court Wednesday, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

They are accused of stabbing another 12-year-old-girl 19 times in an an attempt to please a fictional, Internet-created horror figure known as Slender Man. The attack took place on May 31 in a wooded area in Waukesha, which is about 20 miles west of Milwaukee. All three girls attend the same middle school.

The attorney for Geyser requested the mental evaluation, which will take place within the next two weeks. The court granted her attorney's request to keep the results of that evaluation under seal, according to the Associated Press.

Weier's attorney did not raise the competency question for his client at Wednesday's hearing, but said he may do so at a later date.

Both girls will return to court on July 2 for a status hearing. They remain in custody at a juvenile detention facility on $500,000 bail.

The victim, who has not been identified, has been released from the hospital and is recovering at home.

The case is raising questions about media coverage of criminal suspects who are so young. A judge on Tuesday ordered that news media not show the defendants' faces when they appear in future court proceedings. News media groups filed a motion opposing that order, but the judge ruled against the media Wednesday afternoon, according to the newspaper.

Since the girls were charged in adult court, their names are public record. Wisconsin allows cameras in courtrooms, so their photos were taken during their first court appearance and have been widely distributed by national and international media. If their cases were in juvenile court, their names would be sealed and no cameras would be allowed.

Attorneys for the girls have said they are considering a request to move the proceedings to juvenile court.

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