An overview of the Slender Man stabbing case involving defendants Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier. Bruce Vielmetti/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The long-running Slender Man stabbing case just got a little longer.
Waukesha County Circuit Judge Michael O. Bohren on Thursday, April 13, asked attorneys to push back Morgan Geyser's jury trial to avoid the possibility of any scheduling conflicts should Anissa Weier's trial – Geyser's co-defendant in the case – run late.
Attorneys for both parties agreed to the change. The trial is now set to begin Oct. 14, two weeks later than originally scheduled. Weier's trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 11.
At Thursday's hearing, Bohren also offered some comments on questions to be included in or excluded from the jury questionnaire that will be used to select jurors. An agreed-upon questionnaire, which Bohren will then review and could approve, is due May 8. The jury will be made up of Waukesha County residents per Bohren's previous rulings.
The change of Geyser's trial date marked the latest development in the case, which has stretched on for nearly three years.
Geyser and Weier were charged in May 2014 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.
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 both pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect, and if convicted, could be sentenced to up to 45 years in prison.