Slender Man stabbing victim says defendant obsessed

Detective shares victim's account in Slender Man stabbing case

A jury in the USA state of Wisconsin has determined that a girl who admitted to participating in a stabbing in 2014 to please the horror character Slender Man was mentally ill during the attack.

Jurors watched parts of Weier's confession video in court yesterday, during which she admitted she convinced co-defendant Morgan Geyser to stab another young girl.

Prosecutors argue Weier knew what she was doing was wrong, but went along with the attack to keep her friendship with Geyser.

Weier struck a deal with prosecutors in August in which she pleaded guilty to being a party to attempted second-degree intentional homicide, essentially acknowledging she committed all the elements of the offense. Her trial is starts October 9.

For the first time, a detective Wednesday shared the victim's account of what happened the day two Waukesha girls stabbed their friend almost to death.

Doctors said Payton Leutner nearly died in the attack.

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.

Although Weier did not physically stab Leutner, in her mind she knew it had to be done, Smith told jurors.

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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.

She was found crawling from woods by a cyclist near the city of Waukesha, a western suburb of Milwaukee. Van Rybroek is the second court-appointed expert to evaluate Weier's insanity plea.

The teens blame a fictional horror character for the attack.

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He said: "They have really good accelerators but not very good brakes".

Weier and co-defendant Morgan Geyser told investigators they stabbed Leutner to appease Slender Man, a fictional horror character.

"I believed that if I didn't go through with it, Slender Man would come and attack and kill myself, my friends and my family".

"It was a choice she needed to be held criminally responsible for", he said. That caused her to share in Geyser's belief that Slender Man was real.

Both Weier and Geyser were originally charged with being a party to 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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