Teen In Slender Man Case Avoids Prison

Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser are accused in the brutal Slender Man attack

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 U.S. court has heard.

Because the jury found Weier mentally ill, she is considered not responsible for her actions in the attack.

Ten out of 12 jurors ruled Friday that Anissa Weier, 15, was mentally ill when she and Morgan Geyser, 15, stabbed their classmate, Payton Leutner, 19 times.

Despite being severely injured, Payton, then 12, survived and crawled out of the woods in Wisconsin, US, where she was found by a cyclist with wounds to her chest, stomach and arms. All three girls were 12 years old at the time.

She also took the prosecutors plea deal and is set to stand trial in October, according to the Wisconsin Court System website.

"Anissa was under the command and control of a delusional disorder".

Jurors asked to see Weier's police interrogation video from 2014. 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". McMahon said before the inconsistent verdict came in Weier "was shaking so hard, she was shaking me".

Slender Man, a fictional creature of the internet, is a paranormal being who lurks near forests and absorbs, kills or carries off his victims. She had stab wounds to her arms, legs and torso. Van Rybroek is the second court-appointed expert to evaluate Weier's insanity plea.

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

"There's no walking away for Anissa, no loophole", McMahon said. "If adults have trouble distinguishing fake news, 12-year-olds will, because their brains can't yet discern or analyze as well".

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

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

Three psychologists testified that she suffered a shared delusion that she and Geyser had to kill Leutner to become Slenderman's servants and prevent the character from killing their families.

It was a tense day for Weier, knowing she would learn her fate.

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

Weier pleaded guilty in August to being a party to attempted second-degree intentional homicide, but claimed she wasn't responsible for her actions because she was mentally ill.

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

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