doc marten outlet Judge rules Morgan Geyser not guilty due to mental disease in Slender Man stabbings
She said she understood that she gave up the right to a jury trial.
“I know she remorseful for what happened. I know it because she written an apology letter to Bella and mailed it to me in her own words, unsolicited,” Tony Cotton.
Another hearing, most likely in December, will determine where Geyser will receive treatment and for how long. She won be released until a judge decides based on doctors evaluations that she no longer a danger to others.
The deal, announced last Friday, called for doctors to evaluate Geyser and report to a judge to determine how long she should remain in a state mental hospital. Geyser co defendant, Anissa Weier, faces at least three years in a mental hospital after a jury this month determined she was mentally ill at the time of the attack on classmate Payton Leutner.
All three girls were 12 at the time.
Leutner family released this statement after Geyser hearing:
The plea deal has the assailant pleading guilty to 1st Degree Attempted Murder. Our family considers this to be true and accurate.
Once the jury found Anissa Weier not guilty by reason of mental disease or disorder, we felt compelled that the plea deal was the right course of action and was best for our daughter. The emotional effects of a long painful trial are simply too great a burden on our daughter and family. Further, for the safety of our daughter, our family and the community, we simply could not risk the release of Morgan Geyser.
Though we do not believe that an institution is where these attempted murderers belong, the current legal system does not favor victims in this situation.
We wish to thank the District Attorney and her team in their efforts. They have assisted our family throughout the process.
With this closure, our daughter is a heroic survivor no longer a victim. Geyser stabbed Leutner 19 times while Weier urged her on, according to investigators. Leutner survived after she crawled out of the woods to a path where a passing bicyclist found her.
Both Weier and Geyser told detectives they felt they had to kill Leutner to become Slender Man “proxies,” or servants, and protect their families from him.
Geyser and Weier were charged with attempted first degree intentional homicide, which carries a possible sentence of up to 65 years in prison. Weier pleaded guilty to a reduced charge last month, and a jury then determined the sentence.
Unlike Weier, Geyser will plead guilty to the original charge from prosecutors. But Geyser won face a sentencing phase where attorneys would argue that she was mentally ill when the crime occurred and shouldn face prison time. A plea hearing to formalize Geyser deal is Thursday.
“It just fair. It saves everybody a trial,” Kuchler said.
During a hearing in August, Weier said that she didn want to harm Leutner and that the stabbing plot was Geyser idea. She said she participated because she was afraid of what would happen if she didn believed that if I didn go through with it, Slender Man would come and attack and kill myself, my friends and my family. Those I cared about the most,” she said.
Slender Man started with an online post in 2009, as a mysterious specter whose image people edit into everyday scenes of children at play. He is typically depicted as a spidery figure in a black suit with a featureless white face. He was regarded by his devotees as alternately a sinister force and an avenging angel.