Jury be­ing se­lected in Slen­der Man case

Truro Daily News - - WORLD -

WAUKESHA, Wis. — Ju­rors are be­ing se­lected in a south­east­ern Wis­con­sin court­room to de­cide the men­tal com­pe­tency of a girl ac­cused of stab­bing a class­mate in 2014 to please a fic­tional hor­ror char­ac­ter known as Slen­der Man. Fif­teen-year-old Anissa Weier has pleaded not guilty due to men­tal ill­ness in a stab­bing that nearly took the life of class­mate Payton Leut­ner at a park in Waukesha when the girls were 12. A sec­ond class­mate, Mor­gan Geyser, will go on trial later. A plea deal Weier has reached with pros­e­cu­tors calls for 10 years in prison if she’s found not to have been men­tally ill. A judge could sen­tence her to as many as 25 years. If she’s found to have been men­tally ill, she would be com­mit­ted to a men­tal hos­pi­tal for at least three years.

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