WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) -- Defense experts say one of two Wisconsin girls charged as adults with trying to kill a friend to please a fictional horror character has a very low risk of future criminal behavior and a high likelihood of success in treatment.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/1RlXXQD ) the testimony came Tuesday at the start of a two-day hearing in which the 13-year-old's attorneys are trying to show she should be transferred to juvenile court for plotting with a 12-year-old to kill Payton Leutner. The 12-year-old Leutner survived 19 stab wounds last May at a Waukesha park.
The girls charged allegedly wanted to please Slender Man, a character they believed could kill them or their families.
Psychologist Anthony Jurek testified the 13-year-old struggled with her parents' divorce and peer acceptance.********
A judge will hear testimony today and tomorrow about whether Anissa Weier's case should be heard in juvenile or adult court.
Weier and Morgan geyser are accused of trying to kill a classmate in order to please the fictional character Slender Man.
Geyser has a similar hearing next month.
Meanwhile, there are two new online efforts backing Geyser.
Slenderchance.com portrays Geyser as a child with schizophrenia who needs help.
Users can donate to her legal defense or even write her a letter in jail.
Geyser's mother has set up a Change.org petition asking she be granted access to mental health treatment, which her family says she doesn't currently have.
So far that petition has almost 2,000 signatures.
The parents of the friend the girls allegedly stabbed told ABC's 20/20 she's just getting back to normal.
The decision discussed in the hearings, whether the girls should face charges as juveniles or adults, is pretty important.
If they're tried as juveniles, their maximum sentence could be 12 years in detention.
But if they're tried as adults, they could face up to 65 years in prison.