Doctor says girl really believes in “Slenderman” character

On Tuesday, February 17, the Courthouse News Service in Waukesha, Wisconsin reported that a doctor testified that an alleged attempted homicide defendant really believed in “Slenderman,” a fictional online character who told her to attack a friend.

Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier, both 12, are being tried as adults in the near-fatal stabbing of their friend, Payton Leutner, also 12, after the three girls had had a sleepover. In previous hearings, the girls were found “fit to stand trial” as adults; however, Geyser’s attorney is trying to highlight “mitigating circumstances” that could send the case to juvenile court as a second-degree crime. These circumstances, according to the attorney, include that Geyser really believed that Slenderman would hurt her and her family if she did not kill Leutner. The attorney claimed that Geyser’s actions were “unnecessary defensive force.”

Psychologist Dr. Deborah Collins has also testified that Geyser blurred fantasy and reality, testimony which could also affect the defense’s case. Weier’s attorneys are arguing that Geyser was the instigator, and that Weier is normally a “rule-follower”.

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