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17 September 2017, 12:28 | Ross Houston
Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser are accused in the brutal Slender Man attack
A jury in the USA state of Wisconsin has determined that a girl who admitted to participating in a stabbing in 2014 to please the horror character Slender Man was mentally ill during 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. Jurors will decide whether Weier was suffering from a mental illness or defect at the time of the attack at a Waukesha park in 2014 when all three girls were 12 years old.
Forensic psychologist Gregory Van Rybroek, giving evidence at the trial in Wisconsin of one of the defendants, Anissa Weier, said the delusion was so strong about the fictional creature that she "couldn't stop herself".
Although Weier did not physically stab Leutner, in her mind she knew it had to be done, Smith told jurors. He asked jurors to consider why if the girls were so afraid of Slender Man they waited so long to attack Leutner.
An attorney for a Wisconsin teenager who was found by a jury to have been mentally ill in the stabbing of a classmate says the teen was relieved by the verdict.
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. A judge could also order up to a 25-year commitment, she said.
The Slender Man is a fictional supernatural character.
Waukesha County Circuit Judge Michael Bohren said Weier will be committed to a mental institution.
Van Rybroek examined Weier a year ago. She said most cases involve spouses, a parent and child, or siblings. The stabbing victim, who Reuters has not named, survived the attack. She had faced up to 10 years in prison if she was found mentally fit.
A detective who interviewed Leutner testified in the Waukesha County courtroom that Geyser had been scaring her beforehand with stories about characters from a horror website.
Geyser's trial is due to start next month.
She was asked by Weier's lawyer why she did not recognize that the belief in Slender Man and his powers to kill them or their families was a delusion.
Both Weier and Geyser were originally charged with being a party to attempted first-degree intentional homicide.
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.
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