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Competency hearings set in Slender Man stabbings

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A judge plans to hold competency hearings this week for two girls accused of trying to kill a classmate to please the fictional character Slender Man.

Attorneys for both girls are challenging findings from state doctors that the girls are fit to stand trial on attempted homicide charges. Waukesha County Circuit Judge Michael Bohren will hold hearings for both of them on Thursday.

According to court documents, the girls plotted for months to kill their friend and finally attacked her in May in a Waukesha park. The victim was stabbed 19 times.

One of the girls is 12. The other turned 13 in November. The Associated Press is not naming them because their attorneys have said they will seek to have the cases moved to juvenile court.

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