Slender Man Suspects Will Remain in Adult Court

Slender Man Suspects Will Remain in Adult Court
AP

08/10/2015 AT 06:40 PM EDT

Two teenage girls accused of stabbing their friend 19 times for Slender Man will be tried in adult court, facing the possibility of decades in prison.

Despite efforts from defense attorneys to transfer the 13-year-old girls' cases to juvenile court, Waukesha County Circuit Judge Michael Bohren decided that the girls remain in adult court, according to CBS News.

The two young women, who are accused of plotting to kill classmate Payton Leutner in order to prove the existence of Slender Man, were charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide in May 2014.

"It sort of just happened," Anissa Weier, 13, previously said in interrogation videos obtained by Wisconsin TV station, WISN. I decided to go along, tag along, to prove the skeptics wrong."

Psychologists were called in by defense lawyers to testify that the two young women would get more suitable mental health treatment in a juvenile institution, according to CBS News.

According to CBS, at least one of the girls has been diagnosed by a psychiatrist as having schizophrenia.

If the girls are convicted as adults, they could face up to 65 years in prison.
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