Jury accepts Anissa Weier's insanity plea in 'Slender Man' stabbing

Jury accepts Anissa Weier's insanity plea in 'Slender Man' stabbing

Jury accepts Anissa Weier's insanity plea in 'Slender Man' stabbing

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 United States court has heard. The jury's decision spares Weier prison time and instead she will be sent to a mental institution.

Her friend, Morgan Geyser, who helped with the stabbing has pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease.

"At 12-years-old, she had no way to protect herself from (Slender Man) except for Morgan's advice and they swirled down into madness together".

During his opening statements, Smith played portions of a police interrogation of Weier shortly after her arrest in which she described a plot to kill Leutner in order to become a proxy of Slender Man, whom she described as tall and faceless with numerous tentacles capable of killing her family in a matter of seconds.

Doctors said Payton Leutner nearly died in the attack.

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. Jurors will determine whether she was mentally ill when she helped stab Payton Leutner.

'I'm very thankful to the jurors for taking the time to look at what was really going on with her, ' Weier's attorney Maura McMahon said. Leutner managed to crawl out of the park and was found by a passing bicyclist. Westendorf was appointed by a judge to evaluate Weier, now 15, after her plea.

The teens blame a fictional horror character for the attack.

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Waukesha County Deputy District Attorney Ted Szczupakiewicz told the jury during his closing arguments Friday that the girls had planned the attack for months and that they were not in a "kill or be killed situation".

"Intellectually, she wants to say, 'I don't believe this now, ' but there's still a little piece left", Westendorf testified, according to the newspaper. She added that Geyser is schizophrenic and Weier clung to her because she was lonely and depressed.

Weier and Geyser told detectives they believed they had to kill Leutner to become Slender Man's servants and protect their families from him.

Waukesha County Circuit Judge Michael Bohren said Weier will be committed to a mental institution.

The case of a Wisconsin girl who admitted stabbing a classmate to appease an online horror character called Slender Man will soon go to a jury. That caused her to share in Geyser's belief that Slender Man was real.

Both Weier and Geyser were originally charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide.

But she also pleaded not guilty due to mental illness of defect, setting up the trial on her mental status.

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