Closing arguments in Slender Man trial

Closing arguments in Slender Man trial

Closing arguments in Slender Man trial

A Wisconsin teenager who was inspired by mythical character Slender Man to attempt to murder a classmate has escaped a prison sentence after a jury found her to be mentally ill.

The jury's decision means she will spend at least three years in a mental hospital, local broadcaster WISN says.

Weier struck a deal with prosecutors in August in which she pleaded guilty to being a party to attempted second-degree intentional homicide.

Forensic psychologist Gregory Van Rybroek, giving evidence at the trial in Wisconsin of one of the defendants, Anissa Weier, said the delusion was so strong about the fictional creature that she "couldn't stop herself". All three girls were 12 years old at the time of the stabbing, three years ago.

Melissa Westendorf who was appointed by a judge to evaluate Weier after her insanity plea, testified that she believed Weier suffered from a shared delusional disorder that left her unable to conform her conduct to the law when she and Geyser tried to kill their friend Leutner in 2014.

Weier and co-defendant Morgan Geyser (GY'-zur) were accused of luring classmate Payton Leutner (LYT'-nur) to a wooded area in a suburban Milwaukee park and then attacking her.

The girls felt that they were Slender Man's "proxies", and had to stab their classmate on behalf of Slender Man so that the character wouldn't hurt their own families. She has also pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease.

Because of the plea, jurors on Friday were examining only whether she was legally responsible because of mental illness. Leutner managed to crawl to the side of a road where a cyclist found her.

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"This sounds insane, because it is", McMahon said.

The teens blame a fictional horror character for the attack.

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"He could easily kill my whole family in three seconds", she told the detective.

A second psychologist has testified about the delusional mental state of a girl who's admitted to helping stab a classmate almost to death in a Wisconsin park in 2014.

The case of a Wisconsin girl who admitted stabbing a classmate to appease an online horror character called Slender Man will soon go to a jury.

Jurors saw clips of Weier's police interrogation, during which Weier appeared to move from belief in Slender Man to doubt to a realization that he wasn't real.

Both Weier and Geyser were originally charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide. But she also pleaded not guilty due to mental illness or defect, setting up the trial on her mental status.

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