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Prosecutor asks to delay Slender Man hearing

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — Waukesha County prosecutors are asking that next week’s preliminary hearing be postponed for one of the two 12-year-old girls accused of stabbing and nearly killing a classmate to please the fictional horror character Slender Man.

Assistant prosecutor Ted Szczupakiewicz filed the request Wednesday. He wants to first discuss whether the girl is mentally fit for trial.

Szczupakiewicz was responding to the girl’s attorney saying a forensic psychologist found his client mentally unfit for trial.

But public defender Joseph Smith Jr. still wants next week’s hearing held as scheduled. He hopes to have the girl’s case heard in juvenile court, and worries that if she’s found unfit in adult court she might not receive services appropriate for her age.

It’s not clear when the judge might rule.

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