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17 September 2017, 12:30 | Brenda Erickson
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It came after a week's testimony over Weier's mental state at the time she and a friend, Morgan Geyser, stabbed a classmate in what they said was an effort to please the fictional horror character known as Slender Man.
Anissa Weier, 15, was found not criminally responsible for her actions in the 2014 stabbing of classmate Payton Leutner, who was found by a passing cyclist on a bike path of a local park, fighting for her life and begging for help.
Weier, 15, has already admitted to taking part in the crime with Geyser, but the jury has to decide if Weier was so mentally ill she should be sentenced to a mental institution, instead of prison.
Weier struck a deal with prosecutors in August in which she pleaded guilty to being a party to attempted second-degree intentional homicide. Her trial begins in October.
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Weier made her first appearance in front of a jury of eight men and eight women on Tuesday in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, where her attorney, Joseph Smith, told jurors in court that her parent's divorce caused a depressed that descended her into madness as she latched onto Geyser.
The prosecutor in the case declined comment, as did the family of the girl who was stabbed. All three girls were 12 at the time.
Both Weier and Geyer advised criminologists they believed they needed to execute Leutner to wind up noticeably Slender Man's "intermediaries", or hirelings, and shield their families from the otherworldly beast.
"This was a delusion strong enough to kill for", defense lawyer Maura Ann McMahon said in her closing argument.
Jurors on Wednesday saw video clips of investigators questioning Weier after the attack. Westendorf testified at Weier's mental capacity trial that she believes Weier suffered from a shared delusional disorder that left her unable to conform her conduct to the law when she and Morgan Geyser tried to kill their friend, Payton Leutner, in 2014. Van Rybroek is the second court-appointed expert to evaluate Weier's insanity plea. She was not accessible a short time later, but rather McMahon said she was diminished and cried following the decision.
In his questioning of Trussoni, Assistant District Attorney Kevin Osborne focused on the fact Weier didn't clearly tell anyone she was afraid of Slender Man's wrath until after the stabbing, reinforcing his comments in opening statements Tuesday that Weier understood that what they were doing was wrong, but that she went along with the plot to preserve her friendship with Geyser. They claim she would have lost her only friend, Geyer, if she didn't follow through with plans to attack their classmate.
Both Weier and Geyser were originally charged with being a party to attempted first-degree intentional homicide.
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