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17 September 2017, 01:08 | Myrtle Vega
Anissa Weier listens during jury selection in her trial at Waukesha County Courthouse
Defense attorneys for Slendeman stabbing suspect Anissa Weier are working to convince the jury the girl was delusional and believed in the fictional character when she and a friend stabbed a classmate in 2014.
Weier and Morgan Geyser said they planned the stabbing in order to please the internet horror character Slender Man. Attorneys for Weier argued that she believed Slender Man would harm her family if she did not attack her classmate.
Geyser pleaded not guilty because of mental disease to being a party to first-degree attempted intentional homicide. Her trial is starts October 9.
"At 12-years-old, she had no way to protect herself from (Slender Man) except for Morgan's advice and they swirled down into madness together".
Psychologists testified at a previous court hearing that Weier suffered from persistent depression and a delusional disorder linked to schizotypy, a diminished ability to separate reality from fantasy.
Weier had already pled guilty for her role in the stabbing.
The pair bonded over their obsession with Slender Man with Weier believing the mythical character could read her mind and would kill her or her family if she talked about him.
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Despite being severely injured, Payton, then 12, survived and crawled out of the woods in Wisconsin, US, where she was found by a cyclist with wounds to her chest, stomach and arms. Westendorf was appointed by a judge to evaluate Weier, now 15, after her plea.
Circuit Judge Michael Bohren rejected an initial verdict presented at 8 p.m. because the jurors who agreed Weier had a mental condition weren't the same 10 who believed the condition prevented her from knowing her actions were wrong and conforming to the law.
Prosecutors say a Wisconsin girl accused of helping stab a classmate to appease online horror character Slender Man participated in a cold and calculated attack.
Waukesha Police Detective Shelly Fisher's testimony Wednesday came in the trial of Anissa Weier.
"He could easily kill my whole family in three seconds", she told the detective.
"It was a choice she needed to be held criminally responsible for", he said. The state said Weier complied with the Slender Man story and the murder plot for the sake of her friendship with the co-defendant. That caused her to share in Geyser's belief that Slender Man was real.
Anissa Weier, now 15, had pleaded guilty in August to being a party to attempted second-degree homicide.
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