Judge Says Teen is Mentally Ill in Slender Man Stabbing Case

Sunday, 17 Sep, 2017

Anissa Weier egged on friend Morgan Geyser as she attacked Payton Leutner so the pair could avoid the wrath of supernatural character Slenderman. Geyser, who is accused of doing the stabbing, pleaded not guilty, and her trial is scheduled to begin October 9.

Weier made her first appearance in front of a jury of eight men and eight women on Tuesday in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, where her attorney, Joseph Smith, told jurors in court that her parent's divorce caused a depressed that descended her into madness as she latched onto Geyser. The girls felt that they were Slender Man's "proxies", and had to stab their classmate on behalf of Slender Man so that the character wouldn't hurt their own families. But she claimed she was mentally ill during the attack and not responsible for her actions, in a bid to be sent to a mental institution rather than prison.

A psychologist has testified that a 12-year-old girl suffered from a shared delusion with a friend that led to the stabbing of another girl in a Wisconsin park in 2014.

But prosecutors said she knew what she was doing was wrong.

Slender Man, a fictional creature of the internet, is a paranormal being who lurks near forests and absorbs, kills or carries off his victims. Van Rybroek is the second court-appointed expert to evaluate Weier's insanity plea.

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"At the moment of this bad tragic event, that she was confused and convinced that something real was going on with this very odd character called Slender Man", he said.

Earlier, a detective who interviewed the victim after she was stabbed repeatedly and left for dead in a Waukesha park testified that Geyser had been scaring her beforehand with stories about characters from a horror website.

Weier's lawyer Maura McMahon said, "Life is better for children when adults around them are in communication with each other". If the jury had found her guilty, she could have gone to prison for 10 years. Geyser, who did the actual stabbing, is scheduled to go on trial next month. Leutner told Fisher her mother tried to assure her it was all fiction, but she also told the detective that she still was uncertain and wanted to believe Geyser even after she stabbed her, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

Both Weier and Geyser were originally charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide. But she also pleaded not guilty due to mental illness or defect, setting up the trial on her mental status.