The second of two Wisconsin women who were sent to a state mental health facility after a 2014 stabbing attack on a sixth-grade classmate they believe was to appease horror character Slender Man asks for his release.
Morgan Geyser, 20, on June 14 asked Waukesha County Judge Michael Bohren to order his release as he did last year for his co-defendant, Anissa Weier, who spent nearly four years in a mental health facility in Oshkosh.
At a hearing on Thursday, Bohren appointed three doctors to assess Geyser’s mental state and submit their reports by Aug. 26. Prosecutors and defense attorneys will return to court on September 12 to schedule another hearing to review the reports.
Prosecutors say Geyser and Weier lured Payton Leutner to a Waukesha park after a sleepover in May 2014, and Geyser repeatedly stabbed Leutner as Weier pushed her. The three girls were 12 years old at the time.
Geyser and Weier left Leutner for dead, but she managed to crawl out of the park woods and was discovered by a passing cyclist.
She suffered 19 stab wounds and barely survived, according to the medical staff who treated her. Police found Weier and Geyser later that day walking on Interstate 94 in Waukesha. They said they went to Slender Man’s mansion in northern Wisconsin and attacked Leutner because they thought it would make them Slender Man’s servants and stop him from killing their families.
Geyser pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree intentional homicide as part of a deal with prosecutors, and a judge sent her to the Winnebago Mental Health Institute after determining she suffered from a mental illness.
Weier, 20, pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree intentional homicide and was also sent to the mental institution after a jury found she suffered from mental illness at the time of the attack.
Last September, Weier was granted parole to live with his father and ordered to wear a GPS monitor. Some restrictions are likely if Bohren orders Geyser released.