Jury finds teen in 'Slender Man' stabbing mentally ill

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A psychologist testified during the trial, which started Monday, that Weier was suffering from shared delusional disorder.

Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser were both 12-years-old at the time of the 2014 attack on Payton Leutner, also 12. The verdict will decide whether Weier will got to a mental hospital or a prison.

For the first time, a detective Wednesday shared the victim's account of what happened the day two Waukesha girls stabbed their friend almost to death.

The prosecutor in the case declined comment, as did the family of the girl who was stabbed. She survived her wounds.

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

Anissa Weier, now 15, appears in a Wisconsin courtroom earlier this year.

Morgan Geyser pleaded not guilty to being a party to attempted second-degree homicide. The jury's job was to decide whether she was. A plea agreement calls for her to spend at least three years at a hospital.

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

Geyser was diagnosed with schizophrenia a few months after the assault, WISN reported. The girls were 12 at the time.


Weier told investigators she and Geyser believed they had to kill Leutner or else Slender Man would kill them and their families.

After 9½ hours of deliberations, the jury returned a verdict.

"This was a delusion strong enough to kill for", defense lawyer Maura Ann McMahon said in her closing argument. He ordered the panel to continue deliberating. A passing bicyclist found Leutner.

Weier had already pled guilty for her role in the stabbing.

Weier's attorney, Joseph Smith Jr., asked why Weier, a good student, did not recognize that the belief in Slender Man and his powers to kill them or their families was a delusion.

An attorney for a girl accused of stabbing a classmate to appease online horror character Slender Man is telling a jury that her mind was "broken" during the attack.

The Journal Sentinel reports Fisher testified Wednesday that Leutner told her Geyser had become obsessed with Slender Man and other scary characters on the Creepypasta website.

"It was a choice she needed to be held criminally responsible for", he said. She argues she was mentally ill and should be sent to a mental institution rather than prison.

Instead, Weier told Geyser to do it. "Go berserk", was the command, Mr Osborne said. All three girls were 12 at the time.

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