‘Slender Man’ Stabbing: 13-Year-Old Girls Plead Not Guilty, To Stabbing 12-Yr-Old Friend NINETEEN Times
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.
Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier, both 13, pleaded not guilty to homicide. Judge Michael O. Bohren also said Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier will be tried together. The judge ruled earlier this month that Morgan and Anissa, both now 13, will go to trial in adult court, against the wishes of the defense.
Tony Cotton, who has been the lead attorney for one of the girls, said ahead of the hearing that his client would enter pleas of not guilty and not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect. Defense attorneys have argued that the case belongs in juvenile court, saying the adolescents suffer from mental illnesses and won’t get appropriate treatment in the adult prison system.
Judge Bohren refused that request recently, saying the girls should be in adult court, despite their age. He said if they were found guilty in the juvenile system they would be released when they turned 18 with no further supervision or mental health treatment.
When asked to enter pleas today, the attorneys for both teens stood silent.
After court, Maura McMahon, an attorney representing Anissa, said staying silent, “is a way of noting that you’re objecting to the court’s jurisdiction … the judge then enters the … not guilty plea for the defendant.”
Donna Kuchler, an attorney for Morgan, said after court she still hopes to get the case moved to juvenile court.
It was ruled on the 10th August 2015 that the girls who committed this heinous crime would be charged as adults after stabbing their friend 19 times to please a fictional character named Slender Man.
“We’re just looking at appealing the reverse waiver decision,” that the next step is to “look at possibly going to the court of appeals on the reverse waiver,” Miss Kuchler said.
The girls are facing first-degree attempted homicide charges. If Morgan and Anissa are convicted in the adult court system, they could each face up to 65 years in prison.
The girls were 12 at the time of the alleged crime.
Morgan and Anissa were arrested on the 31st May, 2014, after allegedly stabbing their then-12-year-old friend Payton Leutner 19 times, and one wound narrowly missed a major artery near her heart and leaving her in the woods in Waukesha, Wisconsin. After the attack, she crawled to a road and thankfully was found lying by a passing bicyclist. Payton was rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries but survived a recovery her family has called “miraculous” and returned to school within months.
The girls, 12 at the time of the stabbing, believed they would have a home in Slender Man’s mansion after killing Payton, police say. After stabbing the girl and leaving her for dead, the girls started walking to a forest 300 miles away, where they believed Slender Man lived, police say.
Prosecutors have said that Morgan and Anissa were obsessed with the fictional character Slender Man, who is often depicted in fan-fiction stories online as a horror figure who stalks children. Authorities said Morgan repeatedly told detectives it was “necessary” to kill Payton to become “proxies” of Slender Man and live with him in his mansion in the woods. Morgan told police their plan to kill their friend began as early as December 2013, authorities said.
The first trial date was scheduled for Oct. 15. The girls face 65 years in prison if convicted as adults. They have been in custody since being arrested the day of the attack.
The defense teams are awaiting a written order from the court in response to a previous request before they make their next move, and the judge said that order would come soon.
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