Slender Man stabbing culprit avoids prison, jury determines she was mentally ill

Slender Man stabbing culprit avoids prison, jury determines she was mentally ill

Two girls accused of stabbing a classmate 19 times believed they had to or a fantasy horror character called Slender Man could kill their families, a USA court has heard. At the time of the incident, all three girls were 12-year-old.

"She will have an uphill road", McMahon said. She found guilty to attempted the second-degree intentional homicide.

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

She also took the prosecutors plea deal and is set to stand trial in October, according to the Wisconsin Court System website. Weier and Geyser were arrested later that day and said they were walking to meet Slender Man in a northern Wisconsin forest.

Weier, 15, has already admitted to taking part in the crime with Geyser, but the jury has to decide if Weier was so mentally ill she should be sentenced to a mental institution, instead of prison.

Deputy District Attorney Ted Szczupakiewicz argued "it was never a kill-or-be-killed" scenario and that Weier followed through with the murder plot to avoid losing her friendship with Geyser.

Inc. All righ
Inc. All righ

In closing arguments, McMahon told the jury that Weier was lonely, depressed and descended into "madness" that warranted a mental hospital rather than prison. Westendorf was appointed by a judge to evaluate Weier, now 15, after her plea.

Geyser has pleaded not guilty to one count of attempted first-degree intentional homicide by reason of mental disease or defect. She said Weier felt she "needed that time so that she could learn to live in a non-jail environment and that she knew she would need help getting her head straight to do that". But she said that if anyone could recover, it would be Weier. The girls were allegedly trying to please the fictional internet bogeyman Slenderman. On a moment question that legal hearers needed to choose - whether she was criminally in charge of her activities - 10 attendants additionally voted she was most certainly not.

Anissa Weier (l.) and Morgan Geyser are accused in the brutal Slender Man attack. "It was a choice and she needs to be held criminally responsible".

The verdict doesn't need to be unanimous, just 10 out of 12 jurors must agree.

Forensic psychologist Gregory Van Rybroek, giving evidence at the trial in Wisconsin of one of the defendants, Anissa Weier, said the delusion was so strong about the fictional creature that she "couldn't stop herself".

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