Wisconsin girl responsible for Slender Man attack pleads not guilty

Fourteen-year-old Morgan Geyser, who is one of the girls charged with stabbing her classmate, Payton Leutner, back in May 2014, pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect to charges of first-degree intentional homicide. The plea occurred on Friday, August 19 in the Waukesha County Circuit Court.

Geyser and another girl, also fourteen, allegedly attempted to kill Leutner so they could gain favor with the fictitious character Slender Man. Judge Michael Bohren ordered two doctors to examine Geyser. Other experts have already testified that Geyser was suffering from schizophrenia and oppositional defiant disorder.

Tony Cotton, Geyser’s legal counsel, said that if the court rules Geyser mentally deficient, she will have to stay at a mental hospital. If she is found mentally fit, she will stay in prison for up to 40 years and have another 20 years on extended supervision.

The attorneys at Hart Powell, S.C. provide legal services to clients in Milwaukee and other areas of Wisconsin and handle criminal defense cases such as homicide and murder. We understand that a criminal conviction can hurt one’s professional and personal life. That is why we make it our duty to prove our clients’ innocence, or obtain for them the lightest punishment possible. Call our offices today at (414) 271-9595 to discuss your case.