Preliminary hearing Monday for girls in Slender Man stabbing

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — An attorney for one of two girls accused of repeatedly stabbing a classmate to please the fictional character Slender Man says he will prove his client does not belong in adult court.

A preliminary hearing for the two girls got underway Monday in a packed courtroom in Waukesha County. Prosecutors charged the girls as adults with first-degree attempted homicide in the attack at a Waukesha park last May. The defendants and victim were all 12 at the time.

Defense attorney Anthony Cotton said during his opening statement that his client's obsession with Slender Man warrants a lesser charge of second-degree attempted homicide that could be dealt with in juvenile court.

Payton Leutner was stabbed 19 times, but managed to crawl to a nearby path where a bicyclist found her.

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