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Defense in girls stabbing plot wants outside jury

Morgan Geyser is led into the courtroom at Waukesha County Court, Friday, Aug. 19, 2016 in Waukesha, Wis. Geyser, one of two girls accused of trying to kill a 12-year-old classmate to please horror character Slender Man two years ago pleaded not guilty Friday by reason of insanity. (Michael Sears/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)

Morgan Geyser is led into the courtroom at Waukesha County Court on Aug. 19. (Michael Sears/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Attorneys for two girls accused of trying to kill a 12-year-old classmate to please the horror character Slender Man will try to have jurors selected outside Waukesha County for the defendants’ trials.

A defense motion filed this week on behalf of Morgan Geyser says a “non-Waukesha County jury should be empaneled” because of heavy media coverage. Geyser has pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.

WITI-TV reports a letter submitted to the court on behalf of the other girl says the defense is seeking a jury pool from a different county but wants the trial to remain in Waukesha.

Prosecutors say the girls, all 12 at the time, lured their classmate Payton Leutner to some woods in a Waukesha park, stabbed her 19 times and fled. Payton crawled out of the woods to get help.

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