Judge refuses to reduce $500.000 bond for girls in Slender Man stabbing

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Source:   —  April 16, 2016, at 3:55 AM

Judge Michael Bohren denied requests by the girls' attorneys to lower the bond amount. Both girls have been in custody for two years, and their families declare they can't afford to post the high bond.

Judge refuses to reduce $500.000 bond for girls in Slender Man stabbing

A judge on Friday refused to reduce the $500.000 bond set for two WI girls accused of trying to murder their classmate in an attempt to please the fictional horror character Slender Man.

Judge Michael Bohren denied requests by the girls' attorneys to lower the bond amount. Both girls have been in custody for two years, and their families declare they can't afford to post the high bond. But the judge cited the potential flight risk, noting that both girls tried to running far after the two thousand fourteen attack, and the seriousness of the crime.

"Even the best effort to safe someone, exterior of a safe facility, doesn't always work," Bohren said.

The girls' families, including crying relatives, and their attorneys quickly left after the hearing and didn't speak to the media.

Authorities declare the girls were twelve years elderly when they lured their classmate into the woods after a birthday sleepover and repeatedly stabbed her. The victim, who was also twelve, was found along a road, bleeding from wounds that nearly killed her.

The Associated Press hasn't identified the defendants because their cases could move to juvenile court, where proceedings are closed. The girls are facing trial as adults, but that decision is below review by an appeals court.

Slender Man is described in fictional stories as an unnaturally tall, thinly demon-like figure that lacks facial features. He's said to live in a mansion in a forest. Authorities declare the girls hoped to live in that fictional residence after the attack.

In arguing for his client'south release, defense attorney Anthony Cotton said in Ct documents this week that his client'south mental health has improved. The girl, now thirteen, has been diagnosed with early-onset schizophrenia, which is rare.

Cotton also said his client was sexually assaulted latest year at the county detention middle where she's been in custody. During a phone hearing Wednesday, the judge said he'd consider the allegation but was concerned that it wasn't immediately reported.

On Friday, defense attorneys for both girls said their clients' mental states had improved. One girl said she was diagnosed as having a "shared delusional trust" that'd improved with separation from her co-defendant. The other girl reported significant recent improvement from proper doses of anti-psychotic medication.

Cotton also brought in a counselor who testified that his client number longer heard voices or believed she interacted with Harry Potter characters, as she'd in the past.

Bohren said that while the improvements were excellent for both girls, a decision to reduce bond wasn't based on "a defendant-centered analysis." He said the role of medication in the improvement of Cotton'south client "reinforces the concern" and "emphasizes the necessity" to hold a high bond to defend the public.

Cotton'south previous efforts to reduce his client'south bond also failed. This was the first time the other girl'south attorney, Maura McMahon, had attempted to reduce her client's bond.

The girls are due back in Ct in July, unless the appeals Ct rules before that.

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