A pair of 13-year-olds involved in a Slender Man stabbing of a young girl back in May of 2014 have entered not guilty pleas. The two Wisconsin girls – who were only 12 years old at the time – will be tried as adults after stabbing a 12-year-old friend 19 times, knifing up the victim in order to placate a fictional demon they learned about online.
Writes The Associated Press, via ABC affiliate WATE.com on Aug. 22: “A Wisconsin court today entered not guilty pleas on behalf of the two teen defendants in the ‘Slender Man’ stabbing case after their lawyers declined to do so. Judge Michael O. Bohren also said Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier will be tried together. The first trial date was scheduled for Oct. 15.”
According to court records, defense lawyers for both of the girls fought to keep a juvenile status for their clients, but Judge Bohren ruled the pair will face first-degree attempted homicide charges as adults. The maximum prison time for each girl is 65 years. The victim, Payton Leutner, has since recovered from her physical injuries.
Neither attorney entered the plea; it was a default entry by the court after the lawyers “stood mute” – a form of legal protest. Maura McMahon, who is representing Anissa, said the action “is a way of noting that you’re objecting to the court’s jurisdiction.”
Morgan’s attorney, Donna Kuchler, said they will appeal the ruling and hopes to transfer the case to a juvenile court. “We’re just looking at appealing the reverse waiver decision,” Kuchler said, adding that they will “look at possibly going to the court of appeals on the reverse waiver.”
On May 31 of last year, Morgan and Anissa were at a slumber party when they lured Leutner into the woods behind a home in Waukesha, a western suburb of Milwaukee. The stabbing was done to appease the Slender Man, a cartoon the girls insisted was real and who demanded a sacrifice of them. If they killed Leutner, the girls said Slender Man promised them they would live in his mansion. They left their friend for dead; the victim crawled to the road, where a passing bicyclist found her and called 911.
Investigators said the girls had become drawn into fictitious tales of Slender Man on the website CreepyPasts.wikia.com. According to the website, a creepypasta is a “short story posted on the Internet that is designed to unnerve and shock the reader.” Detectives said the girls’ actions were meant to appease The Slender Man, described on the site’s monster bio page as a creature that “looks like a man with extremely long, slender arms and legs.”
“It’s extremely disturbing as a parent and as chief of police,” Waukesha Police Chief Russell Jack said at the time, adding that the girls stabbed their friend under the cover of darkness so they “wouldn’t have to look into her eyes.”
“Both suspects had a fascination with a fictitious character that often posted to websites dealing with stories about death and horror,” Jack told reporters at a news conference last year. “Based on our investigation, it is believed that the suspects had planned to kill the victim for several months.”
Investigators had been trying to determine the mental competence of the girls to face trial. Geyser, who has been diagnosed with early onset schizophrenia, said she regularly speaks to unicorns, the fictional Harry Potter enemy Lord Voldemort, and all four of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Geyser also claims that she has mastered the Vulcan Mind Control, and can “mind meld” with others by putting her hands on their cheekbones.
According to Fox6.com, Geyser is being housed at the Washington County Secure Detection Facility, where she is not receiving any medication. However, Deborah Collins, a psychologist hired by Geyser’s attorney, said the teenager is fine with that – since she doesn’t want the voices in her head to go away.
“When I saw her last week, a few days before Snape (a Harry Pottter character) had come to visit her and kept her up until three in the morning,” Collins said Morgan claimed. “She does not want the voices to go away. She does not want her friends to go away.”
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