Slender Man stabbing accused were 'delusional', Wisconsin court told

Anissa Weier

A Waukesha County jury will begin deliberations on Friday morning to decide whether Anissa Weier was mentally ill when she and Morgan Geyser stabbed a classmate, Payton Leutner, 19 times on Memorial Day 2014 in order to win the favor of the fictional character Slender Man.

The defense is trying to convince jurors that Anissa Weier was suffering from a mental illness at the time of the stabbing at a Waukesha park in 2014 and therefore is not criminally responsible.

The ruling means Weier will go to a mental hospital instead of prison. A plea agreement calls for her to spend at least three years at a hospital.

Mr Van Rybroek's expert testimony matched that of another psychologist who said Weier and Geyser had a shared delusion about Slender Man.

But she said she was not responsible for her actions on grounds of insanity. "There've been consequences for three years, and it will continue one way or the other". 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'.

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

"This sounds insane, because it is", McMahon said. Her attorney argues that Weier thought the fictional Slenderman character was real, and that the stabbing was to pay homage to him.Prosecutors say Weier wasn't delusional.

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.

One of the girl's former classmates, who was also interested in Slender Man, told the court she had discovered how to become the character's servant - by killing a friend. Jurors will determine whether she was mentally ill when she helped stab Payton Leutner.

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

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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.

Doctors said Payton Leutner nearly died in the attack.

He said: "They have really good accelerators but not very good brakes".

Both Weier and Geyser were charged with being a party to attempted first-degree intentional homicide.

Anissa Weier, now 15, had pleaded guilty in August to being a party to attempted second-degree homicide.

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