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Slenderman stabbing suspect's father speaks at South by Southwest

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AUSTIN, TX (WKOW) -- The HBO documentary about the Slenderman stabbing case in Waukesha was shown at South by Southwest with an important speaker: the father of one of the suspects.

Bill Weier's daughter Anissa and her friend Morgan Geyser were both 12 years old at the time of the attack. “Some children kind of believe that he could be their friend,” Weier said. He said should the case go to trial, the girls should be evaluated at the time of the incident.

“What's so important... that the public and any potential juror realizes that you have to draw a distinction between intelligence and maturity,” said Weier. “Just because she's smart at 12 years old doesn't mean that she's mature enough to make the proper interpretations between the fantasy of Slenderman and the reality of Slenderman.”

Right now, both girls are charged as adults.

Weier also promoted parents monitoring their kids' internet activity.

HBO's film “Beware the Slenderman” is set to be released later this year.

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