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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Slender Man Verdict: Teen Girl Avoids Prison Time for Stabbing

Not guilty.

Jurors in Waukesha County, Wisconsin say 15-year-old Anissa Weier shouldn’t serve prison time for the stabbing of a classmate in 2014. Instead, she will be committed to a mental hospital for at least three years.

Though the defendant admitted to playing a role in attempted second-degree intentional homicide, she pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease. Her legal team successfully argued that she truly thought she was serving as a proxy for a supernatural creature called the “Slender Man.” She believed he would hurt her and her family if she didn’t help commit murder.

“This was a delusion strong enough to kill for,” defense lawyer Maura Ann McMahon said in her closing argument. Weier shouldn’t go to prison, the legal team insisted. She needs help.

This argument carried the day.

Prosecutors said that when she was 12, she and co-defendant Morgan Geyser lured a classmate to a park. The victim survived getting stabbed 19 times. The state said Weier complied with the Slender Man story and the murder plot for the sake of her friendship with the co-defendant. “Anissa told [court-appointed psychologist Dr. Melissa Westendorf] that she didn’t want Morgan to feel crazy, so she said yeah,” Waukesha County Deputy District Attorney Ted Szczupakiewicz said during closing arguments. Had she been convicted, she would have spent at least 10 years in prison.

Both Weier and Geyser were originally charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide. Geyser, who is accused of doing the stabbing, pleaded not guilty, and her trial is scheduled to begin Oct. 9.

[Screengrab via LawNewz Network]



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