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Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Jury Finds Girl In Slender Man Case Not Responsible

Jury Finds Girl In Slender Man Case Not Responsible

A total of 10 out of 12 jurors agreed on Friday that Weier had a mental disorder when she and her classmate Morgan Geyser stabbed their sixth-grade classmate 19 times.

She was found crawling from woods by a cyclist near the city of Waukesha, a western suburb of Milwaukee. "They were compelled to act on the delusions and that makes it a disorder", said Michael Caldwell, psychologist.

All three of them were aged 12 at the time.

Anissa Weier told investigators that she and co-defendant Morgan Geyser believed they had to kill their victim in "dedication" to Slender Man, a fictional horror website character. McMahon also said that a judge can order up to a 25-year commitment for Weier.

Authorities say the two were motivated by a fictional horror character called Slender Man to stab Payton Leutner 19 times in a Waukesha park. Van Rybroek is the second court-appointed expert to evaluate Weier's insanity plea. She had faced up to 10 years in prison if she was found mentally fit.

Westendorf acknowledged under cross-examination that the condition is rare among two children who are friends.

He said Weier knew the stabbing was wrong because she twice declined to do it herself as originally planned.

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.

She added: 'This sounds insane, because it is. "If adults have trouble distinguishing fake news, 12-year-olds will, because their brains can't yet discern or analyze as well". The victim was able to find help, and survived. Her trial is set to start October 9.

Geyser, who did the stabbing, will go on trial next month.

Both Weier and Geyer advised criminologists they believed they needed to execute Leutner to wind up noticeably Slender Man's "intermediaries", or hirelings, and shield their families from the otherworldly beast.

Anissa Weier, 15, confessed to endeavored second-degree purposeful crime in an arrangement with prosecutors yet guaranteed she was rationally sick at the season of the assault and was not in charge of her activities. Her legal team successfully argued that she truly thought she was serving as a proxy for a supernatural creature called the "Slender Man".

Both Weier and Geyser were charged with being a party to attempted first-degree intentional homicide. But she also pleaded not guilty due to mental illness or defect, setting up the trial on her mental status.

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