WAUKESHA, Wis. —
A Wisconsin woman who admitted serving to her good friend stab their classmate almost to dying to please on-line horror character Slender Man was lonely, depressed and descended into “insanity,” her lawyer stated Friday as she pleaded with a jury to ship the woman to a psychological hospital somewhat than jail.
Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser lured classmate Payton Leutner into the woods at a park in Waukesha, a Milwaukee suburb, in 2014. Geyser stabbed Leutner 19 occasions whereas Weier urged her on, in line with investigators. A passing bicyclist discovered Leutner, who barely survived her wounds. All three women have been 12 on the time.
Each Weier and Geyser advised detectives they felt they needed to kill Leutner to grow to be Slender Man’s “proxies,” or servants, and shield their households from the demon’s wrath.
Weier, now 15, pleaded responsible to tried second-diploma intentional murder in a cope with prosecutors in August. However she claims she was mentally ailing in the course of the assault and never chargeable for her actions. A jury heard three days of testimony from psychologists and detectives. If the jury agrees she wasn’t accountable, she’ll be dedicated to a psychological establishment. If not, she faces jail.
The jury returned late Friday night with what seemed to be a verdict in Weier’s favor, with 10 of 12 jurors – the minimal required by regulation – voting she was mentally ailing. On a second query that jurors needed to determine – whether or not she was criminally liable for her actions – 10 jurors additionally voted she was not. However it wasn’t the identical 10 on each questions, and Decide Michael Bohren dominated the decision invalid.
He ordered jurors to proceed deliberations.
Weier’s lawyer, Maura McMahon, stated throughout closing arguments that Weier was lonely and depressed after her mother and father divorced and that she latched onto Geyser.
Collectively they turned obsessive about Slender Man, creating a situation referred to as shared delusional dysfunction, McMahon stated. Weier believed Slender Man might learn her thoughts in addition to teleport and would kill her or her household if she talked about him, she stated.
“This sounds loopy, as a result of it’s,” McMahon stated. “This was an actual being to this youngster and she or he wanted to guard these round her. At 12 years previous, she had no approach to shield herself from (Slender Man) apart from Morgan’s recommendation they usually swirled down into insanity collectively.”
Waukesha County Deputy District Lawyer Ted Szczupakiewicz countered throughout his closings that the stabbing was calculated. He stated the women had deliberate the…