Teen In Slender Man Trial Ruled Mentally Ill

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Schoolgirl spared jail after urging girl to stab friend in 'tribute to Slender Man'

Defense attorneys for Slendeman stabbing suspect Anissa Weier are working to convince the jury the girl was delusional and believed in the fictional character when she and a friend stabbed a classmate in 2014.

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.

McMahon urged the jury to send her to a mental hospital rather than convict her as a criminal which would have seen her serve over 10 years in prison.

Weier struck a deal with prosecutors in August in which she pleaded guilty to being a party to attempted second-degree intentional homicide. Her trial is set to begin October 9, Mail Online reports.

All three girls were 12 years old when the attack took place in a Wisconsin woods in May 2014.

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Doctors said Payton Leutner nearly died in the attack.

The pair admitted to their roles in the attack but claimed they acted as "proxies" of Slender Man a mythical character peprpetuate don the dark web. She has also pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease.

Weier and Geyser told detectives they believed they had to kill Leutner to become Slender Man's servants and protect their families from him.

Leutner managed to crawl out of the park before being spotted by a passing cyclist. Van Rybroek is the second court-appointed expert to evaluate Weier's insanity plea.

Slender Man first appeared on the internet in 2009.

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Weier told authorities she believed Slender Man would harm herself and her family if she didn't stab the victim.

Defence attorney Joseph Smith Jr yesterday told Waukesha County Court: "Anissa's broken mind caused her to lose touch with reality".

"Intellectually, she wants to say, 'I don't believe this now, ' but there's still a little piece left", Westendorf testified, according to the newspaper.

After deliberating for the day on Friday the jury determined that Weier was mentally ill at the time of the attack. She added that Geyser is schizophrenic and Weier clung to her because she was lonely and depressed. Geyser, who did the actual stabbing, is scheduled to go on trial next month. Jurors saw clips Wednesday of investigators questioning Weier after the attack, during which Weier moved from apparent complete belief in Slender Man, to some doubt, to a realization by the end of her interrogation that she had been duped.

Both Weier and Geyser were originally charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide.

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