Trial set for Sept. 11, expected to last two weeks
One week after he did the same for Morgan Geyser, a Waukesha County circuit judge denied three motions filed by the defense team for Anissa Weier, Geyser's co-defendant in the long-running Slender Man stabbing case.
The rulings – that Weier will face a Waukesha County jury this fall and that confessional statements she made to police will be allowed into evidence – came Monday, Feb. 20, from Judge Michael O. Bohren. Bohren made identical rulings last Monday, Feb. 13 in Geyser's case.
Bohren's also denied a third motion, which challenged the constitutionality of Wisconsin's law regarding the mental responsibility of a defendant.
Those decisions mark the latest development in the Slender Man case that began 2½ years ago, in late May 2014. That's when Geyser and Weier were charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide in the stabbing that almost left their friend and classmate, Payton Leutner, dead. The girls reportedly believed they were obliged to kill Leutner to please or assuage a fictional internet horror character named Slender Man.
Maura McMahon, one of Weier's attorneys, said after the hearing that she was not surprised by Bohren's decisions, given his rulings in Geyser's case.
Both parties also agreed on specific trial dates for Weier, who will be tried separately from Geyser. Bohren made that decision in December.
Weier's trial is scheduled to begin on Sept. 11 and last two weeks.
Both girls are being held on $500,000 cash bonds and have been in custody since they were arrested in connection with the incident. Because Geyser, 14, has been diagnosed with early-onset schizophrenia, she has been living, under a court order, at a state mental hospital to receive treatments for her condition. Weier, 15, is incarcerated at a juvenile detention facility in West Bend.
They have pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect, and if convicted, could be sentenced to up to 45 years in prison.