WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) – A defense expert testified Tuesday that one of two Wisconsin girls charged as adults with trying to kill a friend to please a fictional horror character has a very low risk of future criminal behavior and a high likelihood of success in treatment.
The testimony came at the start of a two-day hearing in which the 13-year-old’s attorneys are trying to show she should be transferred to juvenile court for plotting with a 12-year-old to kill Payton Leutner, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. The 12-year-old Leutner survived 19 stab wounds last May at a Waukesha park.
Police say the girls charged in the attack claimed they wanted to win favor with Slender Man, a character they believed could kill them or their families.
Forensic psychologist Anthony Jurek testified he saw no signs in the 13-year-old of personality disorders that would cause anti-social behavior. Rather, he said…
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