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Lawyers want confession in Slender Man case thrown out

Anissa Weier is escorted into the courtroom for a hearing at Waukesha County Circuit Court, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016, in Waukesha, Wis. Weier and Morgan Geyser are accused of trying to kill their classmate as a sacrifice to horror character Slender Man. (Michael Sears/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)

Anissa Weier is escorted into the courtroom for a hearing at the Waukesha County Circuit Court on Thursday. Weier’s attorneys want their client’s confession thrown out, saying she didn’t understand her Miranda rights. (Michael Sears/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — The lawyers for a Wisconsin girl accused of trying to kill a classmate to please a fictional horror character called Slender Man are challenging her confession.

Fifteen-year-old Anissa Weier and 14-year-old Morgan Geyser have pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease to attempted homicide charges in adult court. Both girls were 12 when prosecutors say they stabbed classmate Payton Leutner 19 times in a Waukesha park in 2014.

Weier’s lawyers say she was too young to understand her Miranda rights to remain silent and to have an attorney present.

During the hearing on Thursday, William Weier testified he never discussed Miranda rights with his daughter. Anthony Jurek, a forensic psychologist, testified Weier didn’t have an adequate understanding of Miranda rights.

A judge will rule in February.

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