Waukesha County DA speaks out about slumber party stabbing

CREATED Jun 4, 2014

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WAUKESHA -- Any time a serious violent act occurs, everyone wants to know more about why this happened," said Waukesha County District Attorney, Brad Schimel.

Schimel understands the public has a lot of questions about how two 12 year-olds could be accused of plotting to kill their friend.

He argues the case should be tried in adult court, where there are a lot more sentencing options than in juvenile court.

"Unfortunately the juvenile system in a case like this only offers us 5 years supervision of these juveniles. It's a very short time for something that is very shocking."

They could face 65 years in adult court. Schimel expects defense attorneys to push for the cases to be moved back to the juvenile system.

"Ultimately the judge will have to balance certainly on one side, the age of the offenders, and the other side you have to balance the nature of the act and what is in the best interest of the community."

For now, the cases will be tried together.

"It is possible if there are conflicting defenses where each of them says the other is responsible for something, then you could see the cases severed."

The girls mental state will likely come into question as well.

"I would expect the defense will have psychological exams conducted. They can do that, they dont' need the permission of the court," Schimel said.