Stabbing case prolonged again; ruling on motions still pending
The teenage defendants in the long-running Slender Man stabbing case likely will not appear before a jury until next summer, and a decision on a handful of motions filed by their attorneys remains pending while the 2 1/2-year-old case stretches on in Waukesha County Circuit Court.
Judge Michael Bohren recently set hearing dates on those motions, which include requests for a non-Waukesha County jury and the suppression of incriminating statements, for later this year. However, Bohren will not make a ruling on them until next February, court records show.
Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier, now teenagers, were charged as adults in May 2014 in the nearly fatal stabbing of their then-12-year-old classmate whom the girls reportedly believed they were obliged to kill to please or assuage a fictional internet horror character named Slender Man. Both girls have entered please of not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect -- commonly referred to as insanity defenses -- to charges of attempted first-degree intentional homicide.
Psychological reports crucial to substantiating or disputing those pleas were presented to the court Nov. 11, but sealed, which means their conclusions are not accessible to the public.
Additionally, Geyser and Weier are no longer scheduled to appear together at future hearings. Geyser's next court date is Dec. 12; Weier is scheduled to appear Dec. 22. Those will be evidentiary hearings concerning the motions their attorneys have filed.
The motions argue for separate trials for the girls and challenge the admissibility of incriminating statements they made to police after they were arrested, as well as the constitutionality of a state law regarding the mental responsibility of a defendant.
Online court records indicate Bohren is scheduled to rule on those motions Feb. 13, in Geyser's case, and Feb. 20 in Weier's.
If convicted, the girls could be sentenced to up to 45 years in prison.