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    Morgan Geyser & Anissa Weir, 12-Year-Old Would-Be Murderesses – Wisconsin

    The Slender Man stabbing occurred on Saturday, May 31, 2014 in Waukesha, Wisconsin, when two 12-year-old girls lured another girl of the same age into the woods and stabbed her 19 times, allegedly in order to impress the fictional character Slender Man. After being stabbed, the victim crawled to a road and lay on a sidewalk, where a cyclist found her and called 911. She was rushed to a hospital, at which point she was “one millimeter away from certain death,” according to a criminal complaint. The victim was hospitalized for six days and has since recovered and returned to school.
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    UPDATE: Judge rejects motion to lower bail in Slender Man stabbing case
    Updated: Apr 15, 2016 10:28 AM CDT

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    A Waukesha County judge on Friday morning quickly rejected a motion to reduce bail for one of the girls accused in the Slender Man stabbing case.

    "The risk of flight is high. Parents can do the best they can, but that doesn't always work," Judge Michael Bohren said in rejecting the request by Anissa Weier's attorney.

    Weier and Morgan Geyser have been locked up for about two years with no sign of a trial coming soon. They're accused of being motivated by the fictional character Slender Man to stab their friend 19 times and leave her for dead in 2014.

    The victim survived the attack.

    Weier's attorney has previously asked to have his client's bail lowered to $5,000. This time, the attorney stressed Weier's good behavior in the detention center. Also, her family would provide 24-hour-a-day adult supervision, he said.

    Morgan's attorney is also expected to make another attempt to have her released.

    He is asking for her to be released to her grandfather who is a retired police chief and lives in Manitowoc County.

    Prosecutor Ted Szczupakiewicz has declined to comment on the girls' bond requests.

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    i know i'm not alone, but i don't want these girls released. especially Anissa Weier. her family....no.

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    Slender Man defendant appeals denial of bail reduction

    Slender Man defendant appeals denial of bail reduction
    May 3, 2016

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    One of the two Waukesha girls charged in the Slender Man stabbing has asked the Court of Appeals to overturn a judge's decision not to let her await trial with her grandparents under human and electronic monitoring.

    In an emergency petition filed late last week, Morgan Geyser's attorney argues that denying her request violates prohibitions against excessive bail because she is no longer dangerous, would be subjected to multiple layers of supervision, and her current bail of $500,000 is way more than necessary to secure her appearance in court.

    Geyser, 13, and Anissa Weier, 14, are charged as adults with attempted first degree intentional homicide in the May 31, 2014, stabbing of their sixth-grade classmate, who survived 19 stab wounds.

    The case has dragged on as both girls were evaluated for competency, and then sought to have their cases transferred to juvenile court. Their appeals of the decision to keep them in adult court have been pending before the same Court of Appeals since last year.

    In the meantime, Geyser, who had been diagnosed during her competency evaluations as suffering from early onset schizophrenia, returned to a state mental hospital under civil commitment and for the first time received medication and other treatment that doctors said have stabilized her condition.

    Specifically, she no longer claims to have contact with various fictional characters, including Slender Man, and has begun showing emotions appropriate to her situation, such as remorse and regret, according to her attorneys.

    After her discharge back to the Washington County Juvenile Detention Center, where she stays alone in a windowless cell, her attorneys asked that her $500,000 bail be cut to $5,000 and she be allowed to live with her grandparents in Manitowoc County under electronic monitoring pending trial.


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    Morgan Geyser/Anissa Weier - Appeals Hearing - May 3, 2016 - Waukesha, WI

    Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier Were Charged As Adults with Attempted First-Degree intentional homicide

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    May 30, 2014

    Hatching the Plan

    Anissa Weier introduced Morgan Geyser to Slender Man fan fiction in Dec. 2013, according to the criminal complaint. Over the next few months, the two planned to kill a classmate to become his "proxies." According to police, they agreed to stab the victim on May 30, Geyser’s 12th birthday, at a sleepover at her house. But plans changed.

    May 31, 2014

    The Woods

    Geyser and Weier decided instead to attack their friend the next day in the woods nearby, telling her they would play hide-and-seek, according to court documents. Geyser and Weier then jumped the 12-year-old girl, took turns stabbing her multiple times with a knife and left her for dead, according to the police report.

    May 31, 2014

    Crawling to Safety

    Geyser and Weier took off and began walking to find Slender Man, who they believed lived in the Nicolet National Forest. The victim, with 19 stab wounds, crawled from the woods to a nearby road, where bicyclist Greg Steinberg discovered her and called 911. "Yes, she's breathing," he told the 911 operator.

    May 31, 2014

    Geyser, Weier Arrested

    Hours after the stabbing, Geyser and Weier were arrested near an I-94 on-ramp. According to police, a knife was found in Geyser’s backpack. "Both suspects also had blood on their clothes," Waukesha Police Chief Russell Jack told "20/20." The girls were charged as adults with attempted first-degree intentional homicide.

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    Slenderman case: Judge says bail remains at $500,000 for Morgan Geyser, Anissa Weier

    Posted 9:37 am, April 15, 2016, by [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] and [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], Updated at 05:15pm, April 15, 2016

    WAUKESHA COUNTY -- A Waukesha County judge on Friday, April 15th said a $500,000 bail is appropriate for Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser -- the two girls accused of stabbing a classmate 19 times to appease the fictional character "Slenderman."

    13-year-old Morgan Geyser and 14-year-old Anissa Weier were in court Friday morning seeking their release after nearly two years in custody -- saying they are not dangerous and can return to family.

    A letter written on Weier's behalf asked the court to reduce her bail from $500,000 to $5,000. The letter suggested Weier could live with her family, and her treatment would involve talk therapy.

    During Weier's court appearance on Friday, a Waukesha County judge said the risk of flight is high and the crime is grave -- adding that a $500,000 bail is appropriate.

    Morgan Geyser also appeared in court to request her bail be reduced.

    A letter from Geyser's attorney asked that she be allowed to live with her grandfather, Robert Niesen, a retired police chief in New Holstein. Niesen testified in court.

    Niesen was asked if he had any concerns about his personal safety, and the safety of his wife, having Morgan in his home. He responded, "No. I have no concerns. She loves her grandmother."

    In the end, the judge ruled Geyser should remain in custody -- and her bail should remain $500,000.

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    While the girls go back to secure detention in Washington County, the entire trial remains on hold while the court of appeals decides whether this case stays in adult court, or winds up in children's court.

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    Slender Man defendant appeals her $500K bail

    Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel , WFAA 3:02 PM. CDT May 03, 2016

    WAUKESHA, Wis. — One of the two Wisconsin [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] has asked the Wisconsin Court of Appeals to overturn a judge's decision not to let her await trial with her grandparents under human and electronic monitoring.

    In an emergency petition filed late last week, the lawyer for 13-year-old Morgan Geyser argued that denying her request violated prohibitions against excessive bail because she is no longer dangerous, would be subjected to multiple layers of supervision, and her current bail of $500,000 is way more than necessary to secure her appearance in court.

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    Last month, Waukesha County Circuit Judge Michael Bohren denied the request and a chance to be moved from the West Bend, Wis., juvenile jail where she has been for most of 23 months.

    Two days before the hearing, Anissa's lawyers made a similar request, which Bohren also denied.

    In the emergency petition, Morgan's lawyer Anthony Cotton argued that cash bail is only appropriate to assure a defendant comes to court. Considerations such as community safety and the prevention of witness intimidation are better addressed in conditions of release.

    At the April hearing, witnesses discussed the effect of her involuntary commitment for mental treatment, the medication, and follow-up monitoring from social workers and doctors.

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    As of late Monday, the state appeals court gave no indication whether it had accepted the petition.
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    mind boggling…sigh
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    ABC news - VIDEO - June 27, 2016

    Mother of Teen Charged in 'Slender Man' Stabbing Speaks Out

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    Mother of girl charged in Slender Man stabbing struggles with daughter's fate

    By [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] of the Journal Sentinel staff - June 21, 2016 11:55 a.m.

    Waukesha — The day after their daughter's 12th birthday sleepover, Angie Geyser and her husband, Matt, found themselves in a Waukesha police station, hoping to pick her up and take her home.

    Officers had shown up earlier at their house looking for their daughter, Morgan, who had gone with her friends to a park after breakfast.

    "They wouldn't tell us anything," Geyser said, except that one of the girls was hurt, and Morgan and the other girl weren't with her. The parents were told to wait, and an officer stayed until they received notification that Morgan had been found, was OK, and that police just needed her to clear up some questions.

    The Geysers headed to the station, assuming that whatever had happened, they would probably have to punish Morgan. Their thought was to cancel a trip to a Star Trek convention.

    "That's how clueless we were," Angie Geyser said in an interview.

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    The 36-year-old mother of two — she has a younger son — spoke with a reporter for the first time since Morgan and her friend Anissa Weier made international headlines in May 2014. The Waukesha sixth-graders were charged as adults with trying to kill their friend to impress or appease [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

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    Two years later, they remained at the Washington County Juvenile Detention Center on $500,000 bail.

    But early this month, a judge returned Morgan to a state mental hospital where she had [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
    The Geysers are still waiting to find out what will happen to Morgan. The case has plodded along through competency evaluations, an extensive preliminary examination, hearings on whether the girls should be transferred to juvenile court, and now an appeal after Waukesha County Circuit Judge Michael Bohren denied that transfer.

    The experience has galvanized Angie Geyser into something of an advocate for reforms in mental illness and juvenile crime laws, and prompted her to finally share her perspective.

    "I was shocked to learn 12-year-olds could be charged as adults," she said. "Some of the comments on stories say 'Adult crime, adult time.' That's BS," she said. "These are children."

    She also was surprised at how hard it was to get her daughter psychiatric treatment and was recently mentioned in a pushing a bill to revamp the nation's approach to addressing mental illness.

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    Mom of girl accused in Slender Man stabbing defends daughter in first interview since 2014 attack

    BY [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]-NEW YORK DAILY NEWSFriday, June 24, 2016, 11:39 AM

    The mother of a Wisconsin girl who allegedly tried to kill a friend for a fictional fiend named Slender Man says the adult charges against her daughter are “B.S.”

    Angie Geyser — whose daughter, Morgan Geyser, was 12 years old when she and another friend [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] — spoke out for the first time since the chilling 2014 attack to defend her girl.

    “I was shocked to learn 12-year-olds could be charged as adults," [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] “Some of the comments on stories say: ‘Adult crime, adult time.’ That's B.S. These are children.”

    Since the bloody park-side attack, Geyser has become a fierce advocate for reform of both mental health care — Morgan, now 14, was diagnosed with early onset schizophrenia after the attack — and juvenile crime laws.

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    Both Morgan and Anissa were charged as adults. Morgan’s lawyers attempted to move the case to juvenile court — [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

    The defense team is now appealing that decision: The girl faces up to three years in a juvenile center if they are successful, and up to 45 years behind bars if the case stays in the adult court.

    "I try to help her be hopeful, saying: 'When you come home, when you go to college.' She responds: If she does those things,” Geyer said.

    For now, Morgan is locked up in a mental health hospital, where she was placed after she tried to slash her arm with a broken pencil last month. The medical team put her on a week-long suicide watch.

    “She couldn't have books or drawing materials or even her glasses,” Geyser said. "I find the thought of her sitting in solitary, blind, eating with her hands like an animal extremely disturbing.”

    Geyer said she had no idea her daughter was mentally ill until after the chilling crime. While Morgan’s dad has a history of schizophrenia, the girl never showed signs of inheriting the condition.

    "There were no glaring, obvious signs she was ill," she said. "A big part of parenting in general is second-guessing. ‘How didn't I know she was sick?'"

    Geyer said her daughter was "floridly psychotic," for months after the attest, talking to hallucinations and playing with ants in jail. She’s improved dramatically with the help of the right medications.

    Her daughter’s improvement has prompted the mom to advocate for better mental health care — and break her two-year-long silence to speak out about her beloved daughter.

    "I wanted to defend my daughter, tell them about the Morgan we knew."

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    I feel bad for this mother, no one wants to think their child is capable for such a horrific crime, but my sympathy lies with the victim.
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    The Associated Press ‏@AP · 2h2 hours ago

    BREAKING: Wisconsin appeals court says 2 girls accused in stabbing for `Slender Man' character to be tried in adult court.

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    Appeals Court: Morgan Geyser, Anissa Weier to be tried as adults in Slenderman attack

    Appeals Court: Morgan Geyser, Anissa Weier to be tried as adults in Slenderman attack

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    A Wisconsin state appeals court has ruled that two girls accused of trying to kill their classmate in an attempt to please the fictional horror character Slenderman should be tried as adults.

    The 2nd District Appeals court on Wednesday affirmed a lower court’s determination that it was reasonable to try both girls as adults. The girls could appeal the rulings to the state Supreme Court.

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    Court of Appeals: Slender Man stabbing defendants stay in adult court

    By [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] of the Journal Sentinel - July 27, 2016 - Updated: 4:00 p.m.

    Two Waukesha girls who were 12 when prosecutors say they tried to kill their sixth-grade classmate are properly charged as adults, the Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday.

    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] a trial judge's ruling last year that Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier had failed to show, "by a preponderance of evidence," that they should be transferred from adult court to juvenile court.

    That decision, according to the appeals court, was within the judge's discretion.

    "We will not overturn a circuit court's discretionary determination if the record reflects that discretion was exercised; instead, we will seek out reasons to sustain the decision."

    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] said she was disappointed and noted the opinion misstates that her daughter, diagnosed with early onset schizophrenia, refuses medication. Morgan started medication after her [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]about seven months ago.

    "She has developed insight into her illness, and wants to continue on the path to recovery," Angie Geyser said. "Keeping her in the adult system, with the possibility of eventually ending up incarcerated in an adult prison, will do nothing but ensure that this does not happen."

    The opinion was issued jointly by Court of Appeals Chief Judge Lisa Neubauer, and judges Paul Riley and Brian Hagedorn, also of the District II court.

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    Wisconsin Girl Pleads 'Mental Defect' in Slender Man Attack
    Aug 19, 2016, 4:34 PM ET

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    One of two girls accused of trying to kill a 12-year-old classmate to please horror character Slender Man two years ago is pleading not guilty by reason of mental defect or disease.

    Morgan Geyser, 14, entered her plea Friday in Waukesha County. Judge Michael Bohren ordered doctors to examine her.

    The other girl in the case pleaded not guilty last year.

    Both girls have been charged with attempted homicide as adults. The Associated Press had not named either of them before Friday because their attorneys sought to move them back to juvenile court. A state appeals court in July ruled they should remain in adult court.

    Geyser's attorney, Tony Cotton, said Friday he dropped efforts to move the case to juvenile court. The other girl's attorney didn't return a message.

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    Slenderman stabbing case: Anissa Weier enters insanity plea
    09:52am, September 9, 2016

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    Anissa Weier, the second of two young Wisconsin girls accused of trying to kill a classmate to please the horror character Slenderman has pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect to an attempted homicide charge.

    The 14-year-old girl changed her plea Friday in Waukesha County Circuit Court from a previous not-guilty plea. Judge Michael Bohren appointed two doctors to examine her and turn in a report on her mental status by Oct. 6.

    The other girl, 14-year-old Morgan Geyser, pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect last month.

    Prosecutors say the girls lured classmate Payton Leutner to some woods in a Waukesha park in May 2014, stabbed her and fled. Payton crawled out of the woods to get help. All the girls were 12 at the time.

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    Slender Man defense seeks outside jury

    Oct 1, 2016


    The Slender Man stabbing in Waukesha made international news when it broke 2 1/2 years ago, but the interest in recent months has concentrated — to a surprising degree — in the immediate area.

    That's according to a defense request that the jury for the upcoming trial in the case be chosen from people who live outside of Waukesha County.

    Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier were 12 when they were charged as adults with trying to kill their sixth-grade classmate to appease Slender Man, a fictional internet character, on May 31, 2014. Payton Leutner was stabbed 19 times and left to die but managed to crawl to the edge of a woods where she was found by a passing bicyclist. After several surgeries, she recovered enough to return to school that September.

    The case has been delayed by evaluations of the girls' competency to proceed, several complex pre-trial hearings and the unsuccessful defense appeal of the judge's decision not to transfer the cases to juvenile court. Now it appears to be on track for trial early next year.

    In a motion seeking an outside jury, attorney Donna Kuchler, who represents Geyser, argues that the level and "bias" of media coverage makes it unlikely a jury from Waukesha County could be fair and impartial.

    Kuchler cites Google Trends data suggesting that searches for "Slender Man stabbing" have diminished around the state compared to the Milwaukee metropolitan area, which had 2.5 times the search traffic on the topic than the Fox Valley, and five times more than the Madison area, over the past year.

    And going back five years, even before the near-fatal attack, the search term "Slender Man" was 50% more popular in Waukesha than in Milwaukee, according to Kuchler.

    "This fact, when combined with the stark contrast in local coverage, discussed below, creates a perfect storm of prejudice that results in a reasonable likelihood that a fair trial cannot be had."

    Kuchler's motion also cites more prominent placement of stories about the case in the more locally focused Waukesha Freeman and Waukesha NOW.

    Weier's attorneys filed a similar motion a year ago. They contend it will be "almost impossible" to find local jurors who haven't been exposed to the intense coverage, especially the broadcast of video from the girls' police interrogations, during which they confess to the crime.

    Because of the appeal and other developments in the case, the motion was never heard. It and Geyser's motion, filed last month, are now set to be argued before Waukesha County Circuit Judge Michael Bohren Oct. 13.

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    New delay in Slender Man stabbing case
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 11:05 p.m. CDT October 4, 2016

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    Waukesha — A psychiatrist appointed to evaluate one of the girls charged in the Slender Man stabbing apparently filed two reports within a day of each other that reached opposite conclusions about whether his subject has the basis for an insanity plea....

    The change occurred after Circuit Judge Michael Bohren informed Yogesh Pareek, of Appleton, that he had described the wrong charge in the historical part of his report for Morgan Geyser.
    At a hearing Tuesday, an attorney for Geyser, Donna Kuchler, told Bohren that*she was concerned that Pareek somehow read the letter to think Bohren wanted a different result, and asked that neither of Pareek's*reports be considered in the case.
    Kuchler said she had spoken with Pareek and felt he had a poor command of English, which she said was a concern*in a case involving legal subtleties and nuance. She said there are many clear English language errors in his reports. "It's quite evident," she said.
    Bohren agreed to appoint a different psychologist to evaluate Geyser. He then pushed back an Oct.*13 hearing to consider all four psychological reports, two for Geyser and two for Anissa Weier. Both 14-year-olds have pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect in the May 2014 near-fatal stabbing of their sixth-grade classmate after a sleepover at Geyser's house for her 12th birthday.

    Bohren gave all the experts until Nov. 7 to complete their reports*and set a new hearing for Nov. 11.

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    Girls in Slender Man stabbing case seek separate trials

    Lawyers: Joint trial could confuse jurors

    Posted: 1:05 PM, Oct 18, 2016

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    Two girls accused of trying to kill their classmate as a sacrifice to horror character Slender Man are asking for separate trials.

    Lawyers for Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser filed motions last week with Waukesha County Circuit Judge Michael Bohren arguing a joint trial could confuse jurors.

    Both girls have made statements to investigators implicating the other.

    Investigators say the girls, who were 12 at the time of the 2014 attack, plotted for months before luring the victim, who also was 12, into some woods and repeatedly stabbing her.

    The girls hoped killing her would please Slender Man, a demon-like character in online stories.

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    Lawyer wants confession in Slender Man case tossed

    October 19, 2016 12:57 pm

    WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — The attorney for one of two Wisconsin girls accused of trying to kill a classmate to please a fictional horror character called Slender Man is challenging prosecutors’ use of his client’s confession.

    In a motion filed in Waukesha County Circuit Court, the attorney for Morgan Geyser argues she was too young and impressionable and had not been treated for schizophrenia when she talked to investigators on camera about the stabbing of classmate Payton Leutner in 2014.

    According to prosecutors, Geyser and Anissa Weier stabbed Payton 19 times in a Waukesha park following a sleepover, then left her and planned to walk hundreds of miles north to meet Slender Man in a forest. Leutner was able to crawl out of the woods in the park to a path where she was found by a bicyclist.

    Geyser and Weier have pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease to attempted homicide charges in adult court.

    The motion challenging the confession states a defendant’s "age, education, intelligence, physical or emotional condition, and prior experience with law enforcement" should be taken into account, as well as pressures imposed by law enforcement officers during an interrogation.

    "All of those factors cut against the statement being voluntary," Morgan’s attorney, Anthony Cotton, said Wednesday.

    The detective who interrogated Geyser consistently minimized the seriousness of her arrest by asking her questions about school and mischaracterized the purpose of his questions, according to Cotton’s motion.

    Morgan was not diagnosed until months later with early onset schizophrenia. But Cotton argues it doesn’t take a doctor to realize the existence of a mental health issue at the time she was interrogated.

    "She’s talking about being a follower of a fictional character. Does this person appear to be suffering from delusional beliefs or not?" Cotton said.

    During the nearly five-hour interrogation, Geyser asked Waukesha Detective Thomas Casey if she will regret giving him information. The defense says Casey responded with a problematic answer.

    "You know, this information will be used to try to get you some help so you don’t have to hear those screams and don’t have to worry about hurting anybody anymore," Casey responded. Geyser answered, "OK."

    Casey also told Geyser he didn’t think she would go to prison.

    Cotton said the detective’s statements amounted to false promises because she believed her answers would be used to help her, not send her to prison.

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    Psych reports due in Slender Man case

    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - 10:36 p.m. CST November 10, 2016

    The public could learn Friday whether a pair of Waukesha girls charged in the Slender Man stabbing case have much of a chance to prove their mental conditions as 12-year-olds make them not legally responsible for the crime.

    Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier, now 14, are charged as adults with attempted first-degree intentional homicide for a May 31, 2014, attack on their friend Payton Leutner, who crawled to the edge of a woods where she was found by a passing bicyclist. She had been stabbed 19 times but survived after multiple surgeries.

    After [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], Geyser and Morgan entered pleas of not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect at summer's end. Circuit Judge Michael Bohren appointed four experts, two per girl, to evaluate whether they had a basis for the for plea. The conclusions of at least three of the psychologists are expected to be discussed at a hearing Friday afternoon.

    Brooke Lundbohm was appointed to evaluate Geyser. After a 2014 examination for a different purpose, [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
    Kent Berney of Madison asked for more time to submit his report. He was appointed only in early October after [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]based on a comment from the judge and was then disqualified.


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    Judge seals experts' reports on Slender Man defendants
    5:10 p.m. CST November 11, 2016

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    Trials in the Slender Man stabbing case now appear to have moved back to next summer, at the earliest.

    At a status conference Friday, a judge set several dates over the next three months on pretrial motions and said that schedule pushed a trial or trials back to June or July.


    Waukesha County Circuit Judge Michael Bohren also acknowledged receipt of reports from four psychologists about whether defendants Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier have any basis for the insanity pleas they entered in August and September. Two more such reports are due in December.

    But Bohren sealed all the reports and, unlike in many cases where a plea of not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect has been entered, there was no reference in court to even the basic conclusions of the reports. However, the nature of the hearing and the lawyers' demeanors suggested the experts believe there are grounds for the girls to have a jury consider whether they should be held legally responsible for the May 31, 2014, attack on their sixth-grade classmate that drew international attention.

    "I'm not disappointed," said Maura McMahon, one of Weier's attorneys. She and Anthony Cotton, attorney for Geyser, said they couldn't discuss the reports further given Bohren's order.

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    Possible trial dates pushed back in Slender Man case

    7:03 a.m. CST November 22, 2016

    Stabbing case prolonged again; ruling on motions still pending

    The teenage defendants in the long-running Slender Man stabbing case likely will not appear before a jury until next summer, and a decision on a handful of motions filed by their attorneys remains pending while the 2 1/2-year-old case stretches on in Waukesha County Circuit Court.

    Judge Michael Bohren recently set hearing dates on those motions, which include [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], for later this year. However, Bohren will not make a ruling on them until next February, court records show.

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    Psychological reports crucial to substantiating or disputing those pleas were presented to the court Nov. 11, but sealed, which means their conclusions are not accessible to the public.

    Additionally, Geyser and Weier are no longer scheduled to appear together at future hearings. Geyser's next court date is Dec. 12; Weier is scheduled to appear Dec. 22. Those will be evidentiary hearings concerning the motions their attorneys have filed.

    The motions argue for separate trials for the girls and challenge the admissibility of incriminating statements they made to police after they were arrested, as well as the constitutionality of a state law regarding the mental responsibility of a defendant.

    Online court records indicate Bohren is scheduled to rule on those motions Feb. 13, in Geyser's case, and Feb. 20 in Weier's.


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    Latest: Girls accused in Slenderman stabbing case to be tried separately
    01:55PM, December 12, 2016

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    A Waukesha County judge accepted a stipulation on Monday, December 12th and separated the trials of Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier. They will be tried separately — and it is estimated their cases are to be called in spring 2017.

    Geyser appeared in court with her attorney for an evidentiary hearing on Monday.

    This complex case stems from May 2014 when the then-12-year-old girls allegedly stabbed their friend 19 times to please the internet horror character Slenderman. Both Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier are 15 years old now.

    Weier will be in court next week — also for an evidentiary hearing.

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    Latest: Attorney for Slenderman stabbing suspect Anissa Weier due in court

    Updated at 05:22AM, December 22, 2016

    WAUKESHA COUNTY — A hearing is scheduled to take place on Thursday, December 22nd for one of the girls who allegedly tried to kill her classmate in Waukesha County.

    This complex case stems from May 2014 when the then-12-year-old girls allegedly stabbed their friend 19 times to please the internet horror character Slenderman. Both Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier are 15 years old now.

    On Thursday, Weier’s attorney will be at an evidentiary hearing at 9:00 a.m.

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    Lawyers want confession in Slender Man case thrown out

    Updated 4:06 pm, Thursday, December 22, 2016

    WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — The lawyers for a Wisconsin girl accused of trying to kill a classmate to please a fictional horror character called Slender Man are challenging her confession.

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    Weier's lawyers say she was too young to understand her Miranda rights to remain silent and to have an attorney present.

    During the hearing Thursday, [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] testified he never discussed Miranda rights with his daughter. [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], a forensic psychologist, testified Weier didn't have an adequate understanding of Miranda rights.

    A judge will rule in February.

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    Father of girl charged in Slenderman stabbing testifies as attorneys work to get her confession thrown out

    Posted 5:20 am, December 22, 2016, by [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], Updated at 04:12PM, December 22, 2016

    WAUKESHA COUNTY -- The father of one of the girls charged in the so-called "Slenderman" stabbing case testified in court on Thursday, December 22nd. Anissa Weier was in court as her attorneys argued her confession to the crime, made when she was just 12 years old thrown out.

    This complex case stems from May 2014 when Weier and Morgan Geyser, then-12-year-old girls allegedly stabbed their friend 19 times to please the internet horror character Slenderman. Both Geyser and Weier are 15 years old now. They're charged as adults -- each facing one count of attempted first degree intentional homicide, as party to a crime, use of a dangerous weapon.

    Weier's father William told the court how he was kept away from his daughter while Waukesha police detectives questioned her about the stabbing in May of 2014.

    The video in question shows Weier sitting in a room, waiving her rights to have counsel and to remain silent.

    A detective tells the girl: "I'm going to read those rights to you, OK? The main point is I still don't know what happened and I need to know that today."

    William Weier testified that detectives wouldn't let him see his daughter until hours after she was questioned. During that time, she willingly talked to police.

    "Not only Anissa, but all four of my children were taught to trust the police department. If you find yourself in trouble or in danger, find a firefighter, find a police officer. They are there to help you," William Weier said.

    William Weier said his daughter was not delusional and there was no evidence she was coerced.

    "Why would any parent discuss with a 12-year-old what Miranda rights mean?" William Weier said.

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    Inside the ‘Typical’ Lives of the 12-Year-Olds Who Tried to Kill for Slenderman
    January 11, 2017 at 12:44pm EST

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    In 2014, a 12-year-old girl crawled out of the woods covered in wounds, having miraculously survived a shocking attack: According to authorities, two friends had taken her to the woods and stabbed her 19 times. Their goal was apparently to attract the notice of “Slenderman,” a popular fictional character in many forms of Internet horror stories.

    PEOPLE Staff Writer Elaine Aradillas, who has covered the case from the beginning, appeared on People Now on Wednesday to discuss the latest updates, which will be featured in this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

    HBO will also debut a documentary, Beware the Slenderman, on Jan. 23 at 10 p.m. ET that looks deeper at the lives of Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier, the tweens who plotted the attack and who are awaiting trial.
    I think what people are going to find out is how normal the parents are, and how normal their life was, and how typical they were as 12-year-old girls,” Aradillas said on People Now.

    In an exclusive clip from the HBO doc, which premiered on People Now, Anissa’s mom explains how her daughter became more and more focused on her iPad and engrossed in an online world — but even then, how the girl didn’t appear to be exposed to anything abnormal

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    Parents Defend Daughter Accused in 'Slender Man' Stabbing as Trial Approaches

    Jan 16, 2017, 8:42 AM ET

    The parents of Anissa Weier, one of two 12-year-old girls who allegedly stabbed another girl 19 times in an effort to impress fictional internet character "[Only registered and activated users can see links. ]," said today they were as shocked by the 2014 attack as everyone else.

    "It was really kind of surreal from the time I got the phone call," Bill Weier, Anissa's father, told "[Only registered and activated users can see links. ]" today of his reaction to news of his daughter's alleged connection to the incident in the woods of a Milwaukee, Wisconsin, suburb. "I think surreal is the best way to describe it."

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    The interview with Anissa’s parents comes in advance of a forthcoming [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] documentary, "Beware the Slenderman," which will air for the first time next Monday.

    "This isn't a ‘whodunit,’" Irene Taylor Brodsky, the director of the documentary, told "GMA" of the film. "We know they did it. It's really a ‘howdunit.' It's a ‘whydunit.’"

    The Weiers' described their daughter as being remorseful and don’t believe she should be tried as an adult because they say the laws are not sufficiently up-to-date with the science of juvenile brain development.

    Children as young as 10 can be tried as adults in Wisconsin.

    Kristi Weier, Anissa's mother, told "GMA" that when HBO approached her, she agreed to participate in an effort to help other parents who might be caught off guard by what their children are consuming online.

    "If we were not able to help our daughter," she said, "we might be able to help someone else."

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    Slender Man stabbing victim thriving, family says

    Payton Leutner was attacked, left for dead on Memorial Day 2014

    Updated: 6:21 PM CST Jan 16, 2017

    WAUKESHA, Wis. —A girl who barely survived being attacked by two friends is now thriving, taking AP classes in school and has joined her French club on a class trip to Canada, a family spokesman said.

    Monday's update on Payton Leutner's condition and a release of a new photo of the teen come a week before the release of [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] and on the same day that [Only registered and activated users can see links. ].

    "There's some normalcy, after this horrific premeditated crime, and we're just very proud of her," said Leutner family spokesperson Steve Lyons.

    Lyons said the victim's family is hoping viewers of the documentary don't forget the vicious nature of the crime, one which the girl may have to relive through testimony at the upcoming trials.

    "Having to relive that is very difficult, but at the same time, they do believe that at the end of the day, justice will be served," Lyons said.

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