Jury: Anissa Weier mentally ill in stabbing of classmate
Jury: Anissa Weier mentally ill in stabbing of classmate
Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser are accused in the brutal Slender Man attack
17 September, 2017, 00:31
A supplication understanding required her to put in no less than three years in a mental doctor's facility if judged rationally sick, and 10 years in jail if not.
Weier and Morgan Geyser said they planned the stabbing in order to please the internet horror character Slender Man. Attorneys for Weier argued that she believed Slender Man would harm her family if she did not attack her classmate.
"I'm very thankful for the jurors to take the time to look closely at what really was happening with my client", McMahon said.
Leutner managed to crawl out of the park before being spotted by a passing cyclist. All three girls were 12 at the time.
Both Weier and Geyser told detectives they felt they had to kill Leutner, the AP reported, in an effort to become Slenderman's servants - which they believed would protect their families from the demon's wrath. The character began from a web "creepypasta".
While Weier plead guilty to her charges, her attorney claimed she was mentally ill at the time of the attack.
Leutner became so concerned about the stories that she asked her mother if they were real, according to Waukesha Police Detective Shelly Fisher.
Agent District Attorney Ted Szczupakiewicz declined remark. Leutner's family left the courtroom in silence; a victim witness coordinator told reporters the family had no comment. Both sides asked for a directed verdict - letting the judge decide - but Judge Michael Bohren ruled the case will be decided by the jury. "She knew the difference between right and wrong, but even so she could not stop herself at the moment it mattered most", he said.
But he never saw anything to suggest she needed mental health care.
Smith described Weier as a loner who struggled to fit in with her peers and who found a friend in Geyser. He additionally called attention to that Weier told investigators she was not perplexed of the character until after the assault. "It was a decision and she should be considered criminally dependable".
Weier, bespectacled and dressed in a long gray-and-white cardigan, visibly trembled in her seat during the closings.
"She will have an uphill road", McMahon said. She has also pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease.
Weier said she had second thoughts when she and Geyser began their 300-mile walk to Slender Man's supposed mansion in Nicolet National Forest, but Geyser encouraged her to continue by saying she'd made a deal with Slender Man that would result in the deaths of their families if the girls didn't join him.
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