A girl who urged her friend to stab a 12-year-old classmate to please Slender Man will not be jailed.
A total of 10 out of 12 jurors agreed on Friday that Weier had a mental disorder when she and her classmate Morgan Geyser stabbed their sixth-grade classmate 19 times. Leutner managed to crawl out of the park where a passing bicyclist found her.
Weier, now 15, pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree homicide in August and is now on trial over whether she should be held criminally responsible or committed to a psychiatric hospital.
"Anissa's broken mind caused her to lose touch with reality", defense attorney Joseph Smith told jurors.
"Anissa was under the command and control of a delusional disorder".
She described the internet character as tall and faceless with numerous tentacles. She was badly injured at the time but she was alive. They're not taking issue with Weier having some mental illness, but say she was much more motivated by her fear of losing Geyser as a friend if she didn't go along with the plot.
"I know now it's just teenagers who really like scaring people and making them believe false things", Weier told Waukesha Detective Michelle Trussoni, according to the Sentinel.
It was a tense day for Weier, knowing she would learn her fate.
"She will have an uphill road", McMahon said. Weier shouldn't go to prison, the legal team insisted.
"She knew it was wrong. They understood what they were doing was wrong", Mr Osborne added.
In spite of the fact that that first decision wasn't perused in court, safeguard lawyer McMahon said 10 of 12 hearers - the base required by law - voted Weier was rationally sick.
"In my opinion, she was a normal child", he said.
Both of the defendants told detectives they felt they needed to kill their classmate in order to become the mythical character's servants and save their families from him.
The girl, identified in court only by her initials, Kn, testified that Weier then told her: "Don't worry, it's not you".
While Weier plead guilty to her charges, her attorney claimed she was mentally ill at the time of the attack. But she also pleaded not guilty due to mental illness or defect, setting up the trial on her mental status.
Melissa Westendorf testified Wednesday at the mental capacity trial of Anissa Weier, now 15.
Spring has argued not liable to one tally of endeavored first-degree deliberate manslaughter by reason of mental malady or deformity.