WAUKESHA, Wis. – The Latest on a jury trial to decide whether a Wisconsin girl accused of helping stab a classmate to please horror character Slender Man is mentally competent (all times local):
A jury has found that a Wisconsin girl who admitted to participating in the 2014 stabbing of a classmate to please horror character Slender Man was mentally ill during the attack.
Jurors reached the verdict late Friday in the trial of Anissa Weier. She pleaded guilty in August to being a party to attempted second-degree intentional homicide but claimed she wasn’t responsible for her actions because she was mentally ill. The jury’s job was to decide whether she was.
The decision means Weier will be sent to a mental hospital rather than prison.
Weier told investigators she and co-defendant Morgan Geyser believed they had to sacrifice Payton Leutner to protect themselves and their families from Slender Man. Prosecutors argued she knew what she was doing was wrong.
All three girls were 12.
A judge says a jury deciding whether a Wisconsin girl accused of helping stab a classmate was mentally ill during the attack must continue deliberating after delivering an inconsistent verdict.
According to investigators, Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser stabbed Payton Leutner in a suburban Milwaukee park in 2014 to please the fictional horror character Slender Man. The girl survived. All three were 12 at the time.