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Wisconsin 'Slender Man' Stabbing Suspect Found Incompetent To Stand Trial

| by Kathryn Schroeder

Morgan A. Geyser, 12, one of the Wisconsin girls charged as an adult in the stabbing of a classmate in a ’Slender Man’ pleasing killing, has been found incompetent to stand trial.

The court was told by doctors that examined Geyser that she claims to see and hear things others cannot. These things include unicorns, Slender Man, and the fictitious characters Voldemort and Snape from the “Harry Potter” series of books, reports the Daily Mail.

“Despite our very serious conversation, she would laugh almost hysterically,” Dr. Brooke Lundbohm of the Wisconsin Forensic Unit testified.

During Lundbohm’s interview with Geyser she reportedly squatted on her interview chair and was nearly always in motion.

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Psychiatrist Kenneth Robbins, who was hired by the defense, said Geyser was more concerned about her relationship with Slender Man than about going to prison for the crime she allegedly committed.

Geyser told Robbins she communicates with Slender Man telepathically and that she feared he would harm her or her family if she divulged too much about him.

Judge Michael Bohren has ordered Geyser to be committed for treatment. The treatment will take place either in a hospital or in a juvenile detention center.

The Huffington Post reports that Wisconsin law says “no defendant who is mentally incompetent may be tried, convicted or sentenced.”

Doctors have been given a year to restore Geyser to competency in order to proceed with the trial.

But deputy district attorney Susan Opper has requested a hearing so the judge may consider the issue further.

"It is up to the court, not the doctors, to decide" the issue of competency, Opper wrote in an email. "Competency to stand trial constitutes a judicial inquiry, not a medical determination."

Opper also wants an examination to be held to determine whether Geyser had a mental disease or defect at the time the crime was committed. Such a request does not usually occur until after a defendant enters an insanity plea.

No plea has been made in Geyser’s case.

Defense attorney Anthony Cotton has objected to the examination because his client has not entered a plea yet.

If the incompetence claim sticks in the case, Cotton wants court proceedings to continue even if a trial, conviction, or sentencing cannot occur because it could get the case moved to juvenile court.

"We didn't raise the incompetence issue for strategic reasons," Cotton said. "Our whole goal is to see she gets the help she needs."

The second girl being charged in the stabbing attack, Anissa Weier, will also more than likely have mental competency be an issue in her case, according to her attorney Joseph Smith Jr.

Both girls are currently being held in a juvenile detention center. The stabbing victim has been released from the hospital and is recovering at home.

Photo Source: Police Handout/The Daily Mail