'Slender Man' Suspect Won't Stand Trial—for Now

Judge decides that Morgan Geyser, 12, isn't competent just yet

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 1, 2014 4:45 PM CDT
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(Newser) – One of the girls accused in the so-called "Slender Man" attack won't have to stand trial—at least not yet. After a psychologist's testimony, a judge ruled today that Morgan Geyser, 12, isn't competent to stand trial but probably will be down the road, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. The psychologist testified that during an interview, Geyser kept moving, laughed wildly, said she can talk with Mutant Ninja Turtles, and expressed a belief in Vulcan mind control. More importantly, Geyser seemed concerned with angering a fictional Internet character called Slender Man—for whom she and 12-year-old friend Anissa Weier allegedly stabbed a classmate in June.

"They certainly take fantasy to an extreme level and I think they may be delusional," the psychologist said about her beliefs. Now Geyser will be held in a juvenile detention facility or a hospital, and will have her case reviewed by a judge in November, USA Today reports. If doctors can't make her trial-ready in 12 months, she may end up in a treatment center for a longer term. "Competency to proceed" and "not guilty by reason of insanity" are quite different, the Journal Sentinel notes, but the state said in court that Geyser may use the incompetency ruling to later mount an insanity defense. (See what gift the girls' victim received in the mail.)

Morgan Geyser, 12.
Morgan Geyser, 12.   (YouTube)
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