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Mental competency exam ordered for 12-year-old stabbing suspect

12-year-old suspect Morgan E. Geyser is accused of helping to stab another 12-year-old girl 19 times. (Photo from: FOX 11/YouTube).
12-year-old suspect Anissa E. Weier is accused of helping to stab a 12-year-old friend 19 times. (Photo from: FOX 11/YouTube).
12-year-old suspect Morgan E. Geyser is accused of helping to stab another 12-year-old girl 19 times. (Photo from: FOX 11/YouTube).

WAUKESHA, WI (WTAQ) - A 12-year-old Waukesha girl will get a mental competency exam, to see if she can help defend herself against an adult charge that she stabbed a classmate last month.

Morgan Geyser's lawyer asked for the test, and a court commissioner granted it during a hearing Wednesday afternoon. A state-appointed doctor will examine Morgan within 15 days.  

The attorney for the other defendant, did not seek a similar competency exam for 12-year-old Anissa Weyer -- but he can do so later.

Both girls are charged with attempted homicide, after they allegedly stabbed a 12-year-old girl 19 times May 30th to curry favor with fictional horror character Slender Man.

The defendants are scheduled to be back in court July 2nd. Attorneys for both say they'll try to move their clients to juvenile court, where they could get more treatment with less confinement if they're found delinquent.

Media reports said the victim has been released from a hospital, and she's recovering at home.

A judge ordered a media pool camera not to show the defendants' faces, and a request to drop the order was turned down Wednesday. Media groups said it didn't make much difference, since the girl's faces have been shown worldwide, along with the case itself.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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