Girl relieved at verdict in Slender Man case

Girl relieved at verdict in Slender Man case

Girl relieved at verdict in Slender Man case

A second psychologist has testified about the delusional mental state of a girl who's admitted to helping stab a classmate almost to death in a Wisconsin park in 2014.

A girl who urged her friend to stab a 12-year-old classmate to please Slender Man will not be jailed.

Jurors watched parts of Weier's confession video in court yesterday, during which she admitted she convinced co-defendant Morgan Geyser to stab another young girl.

Because of the plea, jurors on Friday were examining only whether she was legally responsible because of mental illness. The verdict will decide whether Weier will got to a mental hospital or a prison.

Geyser has pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease to being a party to first-degree attempted intentional homicide.

McMahon said Weier will spend three years at a mental health facility before her family petitions for her release.

Van Rybroek said that shared delusional disorder left her unable to control her actions.

"She would have an uphill road", McMahon said. "There've been consequences for three years, and it will continue one way or the other".

Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser are accused in the brutal Slender Man attack
Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser are accused in the brutal Slender Man attack

Weier told investigators she and co-defendant Morgan Geyser believed they had to sacrifice Payton Leutner to protect themselves and their families from Slender Man. Prosecutors argued she knew what she was doing was wrong.

Smith described Weier as a loner who struggled to fit in with her peers and who found a friend in Geyser.

"It was a choice she needed to be held criminally responsible for", he said. Her trial is starts October 9. Weier's attorneys are trying to convince jurors she was mentally ill during the attack and should be committed to an institution rather than prison.

A shared delusion and an interest in the paranormal led two girls to stab another 12-year-old girl in a Wisconsin park as a tribute to the fictional horror character Slender Man, a psychologist testified Wednesday. Leutner survived. Weier and Geyser told police they had to kill Leutner so they could become Slender Man's servants and protect their families from him.

The teens blame a fictional horror character for the attack.

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Instead, Weier told Geyser to do it. "Go berserk", was the command, Mr Osborne said.

Defence attorney Joseph Smith Jr yesterday told Waukesha County Court: "Anissa's broken mind caused her to lose touch with reality". But she also pleaded not guilty due to mental illness or defect, setting up the trial on her mental status.

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