Judge or­ders ju­ries se­questered dur­ing Slen­der Man tri­als

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

WAUKESHA, Wis. — A judge has or­dered ju­rors be se­questered dur­ing the tri­als of two teens ac­cused of stab­bing a class­mate to im­press a fic­ti­tious char­ac­ter called Slen­der Man. Fif­teen-year-olds Mor­gan Geyser and Anissa Weier (ahNEE’-sah WY’-ur) are charged with at­tempted first-de­gree in­ten­tional homi­cide in the 2014 at­tack on Pay­ton Leut­ner (LYT’ner) in Waukesha. Weier’s trial is in Septem­ber and Geyser’s is in Oc­to­ber.

De­fence at­tor­neys had re­quested the tri­als be moved to an­other county or have ju­ries drawn from else­where.

The Mil­wau­kee Jour­nal Sen­tinel re­ports Waukesha County Judge Michael Bohren de­nied those re­quests Thurs­day but or­dered the ju­ries se­questered, mean­ing they will be iso­lated from the pub­lic dur­ing the trial - a rare move de­signed to pre­vent ex­po­sure to cov­er­age of the case or peo­ple who might try to in­flu­ence ju­rors.

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