Jury verdict: Wisconsin girl mentally ill in stabbing of classmate
WAUKESHA, Wis. — A jury verdict for a Wisconsin girl who admitted to participating in the 2014 stabbing of a classmate to please horror character Slender Man means she will be sent to a mental hospital rather than prison.
Jurors reached the verdict late Friday in the trial of Anissa Weier. She pleaded guilty in August to but claimed she wasn’t responsible for her actions because she was mentally ill. The jury’s job was to decide whether she was.
The verdict came after a week’s testimony over Weier’s mental state at the time she and a friend, Morgan Geyser, stabbed a classmate.
According to investigators, Weier and Geyser stabbed Payton Leutner in a suburban Milwaukee park in 2014. The girl survived. All three were 12 at the time.
The family of the victim released the following statement regarding the verdict:
“We are disappointed in the jury’s decision. The decision allows the assailant to petition the court every six months and request release into the community. Their decision also forces our family to relive this horrific crime every six months wondering if they will be released.
The potential release of an assailant that methodically planned and executed an attack in which our little girl was stabbed 19 times puts the community and our family at risk. It is deeply disappointing.
We would also like to thank the District Attorney and her team for their remarkable work in presenting the case and assisting our family through the process.”
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