Girl, 12, stabbed friend 19 times 'to please' Slenderman
Sep 17, 2017, 00:30
Weier, now 15, already pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree intentional homicide in a deal with prosecutors in August and she could now be sent to a mental institution for up to 25 years, although a three-year term had been suggested in the deal.
Jurors will need to determine if the 15-year-old Weier was insane at the time she helped a friend stab a classmate in 2014, in allegiance to the fictional Slenderman character.
All three of them were aged 12 at the time.
Leutner had been lured to the park on May 31, 2014, by Weier and fellow classmate Morgan Geyser. "It's hard to say when you are talking about the commitment of a very young child that you are happy but of the options that were there, this is the best and the right one", Weier's attorney Maura McMahon told reporters Friday. Geyser, who is accused of doing the stabbing, pleaded not guilty, and her trial is scheduled to begin October 9.
The decision was made after almost a dozen hours of debate between members of the jury. "I know her family is relieved".
Jurors determined Anissa Weier was mentally ill during the stabbing in 2014.
A defense psychologist Thursday testified that Weier suffered from a shared delusional disorder.
It was Slender Man that authorities say motivated the two sixth-grade classmates to stab Payton Leutner 19 times in a Waukesha park. They're not taking issue with Weier having some mental illness, but say she was much more motivated by her fear of losing Geyser as a friend if she didn't go along with the plot.
If the 12 jurors found Weier was legally responsible, prosecutors were planning to recommend a sentence of 10 years in prison and 10 years of extended supervision, according to the Journal Sentinel.
In spite of the fact that that first decision wasn't perused in court, safeguard lawyer McMahon said 10 of 12 hearers - the base required by law - voted Weier was rationally sick.
Mr Van Rybroek's expert testimony matched that of another psychologist who said Weier and Geyser had a shared delusion about Slender Man. With Geyser, Weier developed a "delusional belief system" and together they made a plan to kill Leutner and become Slender Man's proxies, Smith said.
"At the moment of this bad tragic event, that she was confused and convinced that something real was going on with this very odd character called Slender Man", he said. "It was a choice and she needs to be held criminally responsible".
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