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Waukesha Co. DA explains why young girls charged as adults; attorney pushes transfer to juvenile court

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WAUKESHA (WKOW) -- An attorney for one of the two girls charged with stabbing a friend 19 times in Waukesha will try to get her case transferred to juvenile court again.

The two 12-year-olds are both charges as adults with attempted first degree intentional homicide. Their identities have been revealed in court documents, but 27 News has chosen not to identify them in video or print.

Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel explained his decision to charge the girls in adult court in an interview with WISN 12 News. "These are allegations. But if these allegations are true, this was plotted and schemed for some time, and it's a very, very brutal act. In the adult system, we could have a lot more years to make sure the community is safe. And that doesn't necessarily mean they have to be locked up the rest of their lives."

WISN 12 News reports in one interview with police, one suspect said "It was weird that I didn't feel remorse." The other suspect told police, "The bad part of me wanted her to die. The good part of me wanted her to live."

An attorney for one of the girls, Anthony Cotton says he believes the two may be the youngest ever charged as adults in the county, according to Madison.com. He says he plans to get his client transferred to juvenile court, where she can get help. A judge rejected his request Monday to move the girl, but Cotton says he will try again in court next week. Cotton has also said his client has mental health issues and "there's no question she needs to go to the hospital."

WISN 12 News asked D.A. Schimel about defense attorneys trying to get the cases transferred to juvenile court. He said, "At this point it's a little early to say what the outcome is going to be. But at this point, I do intend to resist that effort, yeah."
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