Jury says teen in Slenderman stabbing attack was mentally ill

Anissa Weier left talks to her attorney Maura Mc Mahon during jury selection in the trial to determine 15-year-old Weier's competency at Waukesha County Courthouse Monday Sept 11 2017 in Waukesha

The Waukesha County Circuit Court jury decision sends Anissa Weier, 15, to a state mental hospital, where she will not be able to seek a conditional release until July 2020, local media reported.

All three of them were aged 12 at the time. "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", Weiser's attorney Maura McMahon told reporters following the verdict.

Weier said she had second thoughts when she and Geyser began their 300-mile walk to Slender Man's supposed mansion in Nicolet National Forest, but Geyser encouraged her to continue by saying she'd made a deal with Slender Man that would result in the deaths of their families if the girls didn't join him.

The decision was made after almost a dozen hours of debate between members of the jury.

The girls told investigators they stabbed her to impress Slenderman, a tall, creepy fictional bogeyman they insisted was real, the complaint said. Weier struck a deal with prosecutors in August in which she pleaded guilty to being a party to attempted second-degree intentional homicide, essentially acknowledging she committed all the elements of the offense.

Prosecutors say Anissa Weier was 12 when she lured a classmate into the woods and stabbed her 19-times.

Though that first verdict wasn't read in court, defense attorney McMahon said 10 of 12 jurors - the minimum required by law - voted Weier was mentally ill. While Weier was dealing with her parents' divorce, teachers began noticing symptoms of depression, he said. Had she been convicted, she would have spent at least 10 years in prison. "They were compelled to act on the delusions and that makes it a disorder", said Michael Caldwell, psychologist.

Weier's dad William said his daughter went through a hard time after his divorce.

"At the moment of this awful tragic event, that she was confused and convinced that something real was going on with this very unusual character called Slender Man", he said.

Authorities say the two were motivated by a fictional horror character called Slender Man to stab Payton Leutner 19 times in a Waukesha park.

The two girls allegedly tried to killed Payton Leutner on Memorial Day, 2014, apparently in order to to please the internet horror character Slender Man.

"It was a choice she needed to be held criminally responsible for", he said.



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