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Jury Finds Girl In Slender Man Case Not Responsible

Jury Finds Girl In Slender Man Case Not Responsible

It came after a week's testimony over Weier's mental state at the time she and a friend, Morgan Geyser, stabbed a classmate in what they said was an effort to please the fictional horror character known as Slender Man.

"At the moment of this awful tragic event, that she was confused and convinced that something real was going on with this very unusual character called Slender Man", he said.

Weier pled guilty as part of a plea agreement in August to attempted second-degree homicide as a party to a crime with use of a deadly weapon, court records show.

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.

She also took the prosecutors plea deal and is set to stand trial in October, according to the Wisconsin Court System website. "They were compelled to act on the delusions and that makes it a disorder", said Michael Caldwell, psychologist. 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.

Another psychologist told jurors, Weier's delusional disorder forced her to violence.

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During his opening statements, Smith played portions of a police interrogation of Weier shortly after her arrest in which she described a plot to kill Leutner in order to become a proxy of Slender Man, whom she described as tall and faceless with numerous tentacles capable of killing her family in a matter of seconds. Geyser stabbed Leutner 19 times while Weier urged her on, according to investigators.

Weier's dad William said his daughter went through a hard time after his divorce. "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". They were both charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide and initially pleaded not guilty by reason of mental illness or defect.

A shared delusion and an interest in the paranormal led two girls to stab another 12-year-old girl in a Wisconsin park as a tribute to the fictional horror character Slender Man, a psychologist testified Wednesday. The same number (though not same jurors) voted she was not criminally responsible for her actions.

Wisconsin law requires only 10 of 12 jurors to render a verdict on whether a criminal defendant wasn't responsible for her actions due to a mental condition.

Morgan Geyser's trial is scheduled to begin later this month.