‘Slender Man’ stabbing argues self-defense: Morgan Geyser Biography, Wiki, Age
One of two Wisconsin girls convicted of nearly stabbing a classmate to death to appease the fictional horror character “Slender Man” in 2014 asked the state Supreme Court on Friday to toss out her conviction in adult court, the Associated Press reported.
Morgan Geyser, now 18, pleaded guilty to attempted first degree homicide in 2017 to avoid prison but was found not guilty by reason of insanity and sentenced to 40 years in a mental hospital. Her attorneys have repeatedly argued that Geyser, who was 12 at the time of the stabbing of Peyton Leutner, should have been tried in juvenile court.
Wisconsin’s 2nd District Court of Appeals ruled against Geyser on Wednesday, saying adult court was the right place for the trial, the second time that court has done so, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said.
But Matthew Pinix, Geyser’s attorney, said after that ruling that he would take the case to higher court and said his client should have been charged with attempted second-degree manslaughter, which would have sent the case to juvenile court. .
“The Morgan fight is not over,” Pinix said Wednesday. “This case is definitely one that the Wisconsin Supreme Court should decide.”
The attorney’s petition to the supreme court says Geyser believed the Slender Man would kill her or her family if she didn’t kill Leutner, so she was acting in self-defense, according to AP.
Pinix has also questioned the use of Geyser’s statements to police, arguing that her confession was involuntary because she was not able to make a “smart, conscious and voluntary” agreement to speak with detectives, the Journal Sentinel said.
The appeals court did not address that issue, saying that even if the court made a mistake in using the statements, “such an error was harmless beyond a reasonable doubt due to the additional, incontestable and overwhelming evidence in this case.”
Geyser and another girl, Anissa Weier, admitted that they lured Leutner to a forest near a suburban Milwaukee park in Waukesha County, as CrimeOnline reported. Geyser stabbed Leutner 19 times while Weier urged her on, according to investigators. Leutner was presumed dead, but crawled out of the woods and was helped by a passing cyclist. All three girls were 12 at the time.
Geyser and Weier said they carried out the attack to win the favor of Slender Man, an online horror character typified by limbs like spiders and a blank white face.
Weier was sentenced to 25 years in a psychiatric hospital after pleading guilty to being part of an attempted second-degree murder. However, she claimed that she was not responsible for her actions because she suffered from mental illness, and a jury agreed and found her not guilty on grounds of insanity.