Slender Man stabbing: Anissa Weier found mentally ill
- Author: Joey Payne Sep 17, 2017,
Sep 17, 2017, 0:31
Anissa Weier trembled as the jury's verdict was read after a week of testimony and some 11 hours of deliberations.
The verdict came late Friday night as 10 of 12 jurors agreed Anissa Weier, 15, was suffering from a mental disorder that prevented her from conforming to the law when she and Morgan Geyser attempted to fatally stab a sixth-grade classmate in 2014, the Journal Sentinel reported. She was badly injured at the time but she was alive.
She was found crawling from woods by a cyclist near the city of Waukesha, a western suburb of Milwaukee.
Weier's attorneys argue she was delusional at the time of the stabbing, which happened when all three girls were 12.
Weier told authorities that she and Geyser believed they had to kill Leutner or else Slender Man would kill them and their families.
Weier, now 15, pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree intentional homicide in a deal with prosecutors in August.
After stabbing her classmate and leaving her for dead, a Wisconsin girl will avoid a prison sentence, due to a jury's determination that she was mentally ill.
He said: "They have really good accelerators but not very good brakes". "This wasn't a kill or be killed", Waukesha County Assistant District Attorney Ted Szczupakiewicz said. Leutner's family left the courtroom in silence; a victim witness coordinator told reporters the family had no comment.
Judge Michael Bohren requested a pre-duty examination cover Weier and said he would hold a hearing to choose to what extent to confer her after the report is finished. A judge could also order up to a 25-year commitment, she said.
"I was scared because A: I would never see my family again, and B: I had to prove I wasn't insane, that I wasn't seeing things, because even I saw Slender a few times", said Weier. On a second question that jurors had to decide - whether she was criminally responsible for her actions - 10 jurors also voted she was not. McMahon said Weier had agreed that she will not petition for release from a mental health institution for at least three years.
Together they became obsessed with Slender Man, developing a condition called shared delusional disorder, McMahon said.
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 Slender Man is a fictional supernatural character.