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Slender Man Trial: Girl Accused of Stabbing Not Competent, Judge Says

By    |   Friday, 01 August 2014 06:12 PM

A girl accused of repeatedly stabbing a friend to please Slender Man, a fictional Internet character, is not competent to stand trial, a judge said Friday.

According to Reuters, the girl, Morgan Geyser, and her friend, Anissa Weier, both 12, have been charged as adults with first-degree attempted homicide. They are accused of luring a classmate into the woods and stabbing her 19 times in late May in Waukesha, a western suburb of Milwaukee, the morning after a sleepover.

The girls told investigators they attacked their friend, also 12, to impress Slender Man, a tall, fictional bogeyman popular on the Internet that they insisted was real, according to a criminal complaint.

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The victim, whose identity has not been made public, spent six days in the hospital and then went home for further recovery, according to her family.

Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Michael Bohren ordered Geyser to be committed to the state's department of health services, based on testimony from two mental health professionals, who told the court that Geyser lacks the capacity to assist in her own defense.

Geyser's primary concern is her relationship with Slender Man and she does not care about a possibly long prison sentence, testified Kenneth Robbins, a psychiatrist who evaluated her.

"She does have concern about angering Slender Man and so she has to be careful about what she says," he said. Psychologist Brooke Lundbohm testified that Geyser told her during an evaluation that she sees unicorns, has mind control powers and believes Voldemort, a villain in the "Harry Potter" book series, gave her directions and that Slender Man is real.

"She presently lacks substantial mental capacity to rationally and factually understand her charge and be a meaningful assistance in her defense," Lundbohm testified.

Lundbohm testified Geyser likely could become competent, depending on her growth, treatment for her psychiatric disorder and her ability to gain an understanding of trial court.

Also on Friday, a probable cause hearing against Weier was set for Sept. 17 and Sept. 18. A status hearing for Geyser was set for Nov. 12.

Wisconsin law requires attempted homicide cases involving suspects at least 10 years old to begin in adult court before attorneys can ask a judge to move the case to juvenile court.

The girls face up to 60 years in prison if convicted as adults of attempted homicide. They could be incarcerated to age 25 if they are convicted as juveniles under Wisconsin law.

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