WAUKESHA, WI — Attorneys for Morgan Geyser, the second of two Wisconsin girls authorities say tried to kill a classmate with a knife to satisfy the fictional character Slender Man, said this week that her 2014 confession should not have been admitted as evidence during her trial.
According to a WISN-TV report, Geyser’s lawyer said her appeal in Waukesha County Circuit Court is based on challenging the assumption that Geyser had the ability to waive her rights against incriminating herself. “When she said she would give a statement waiving her rights, she didn’t have any comprehension of what those rights were,” Geyser’s attorney, Matthew Pinx, said in the report.
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It could be up to six months before the defense learns whether their claim will be enough to warrant a new trial.
Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Michael Bohren ordered Geyser to serve 40 years in a mental institution in February 2018. She and Anissa Weier were found not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.
According to a Journal Sentinel report at the time of the sentencing, Bohren decided on the maximum term after experts said Geyser “could receive more effective treatment for her schizophrenia somewhere other than the Winnebago Mental Health Institute.” She will remain at a secure state institution in Oshkosh, according to the report.
12-Year-Olds Plotted Murder: Prosecution Said
Prosecutors said Geyser and Weyer both plotted for months to kill Leutner, luring her to a weekend birthday-party sleepover and then a wooded park in Waukesha where one of the girls they stabbed her repeatedly, according to authorities.
According to court documents, in 2014, one child held Leutner to the ground while the other plunged the knife into her chest, arms and legs a total of 19 times, according to police. After the incident, Leutner, also 12, was barely alive when she crawled to a nearby road in Waukesha, Wisconsin, where a passing bicyclist found her the next morning.
Leutner underwent surgery at Waukesha Memorial Hospital before she made a faster-than-expected recovery and was back in school a few months later.
Fascinated With Slender Man
According to court documents, the girls were said to be fascinated with the story of Slender Man, a killer of children. According to the criminal complaint, the girls planned to kill their friend so they could be “proxies of Slender Man.”
Prosecutors said the girls planned the attack for months. They planned to walk hundreds of miles north in the forest to meet Slender Man — a tall, thin, blank-faced figure in a black suit alternatively viewed as a force of evil or an avenging angel.
Earlier, the 2nd District Appeals court affirmed a lower court’s determination that it was reasonable to try both girls as adults.
Citing the ruling in 2017, the appeals court said if the girls were found guilty in the juvenile system they would have been released at age 18 with no supervision or mental health treatment.