Wisconsin woman in Slender Man attack drops plea for release

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) – One of two Wisconsin women who were sent to a state mental health facility after a 2014 knife attack on a sixth-grade classmate they said was to appease horror character Slender Man has withdrawn his request for release.

In June, Morgan Geyser, 20, asked Waukesha County Judge Michael Bohren to order his release as he did last year for his co-defendant, Anissa Weier, who spent nearly four years in a mental health facility in Oshkosh.

FILE- Morgan Geyser is escorted from the courtroom following her sentencing on February 1, 2018 in Waukesha, Wis. Geyser, one of two Wisconsin women who were sent to a state mental health facility after a 2014 knife attack on a sixth-grade classmate they said was to appease the character of horror Slender Man has withdrawn his request for release. In June, Geyser, now 20, asked Waukesha County Judge Michael Bohren to order her release as he did last year for her co-defendant, Anissa Weier, who spent almost four years in a mental health facility in Oshkosh. (Rick Wood/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP, Pool)

Bohren appointed three doctors to assess Geyser’s mental state. After receiving a doctor’s report, Geyser and his attorney sent a letter to the judge on Tuesday.

The letter read, “We ask that the remaining reviews not be finalized and we will continue to review this issue as Ms. Geyser continues to progress in treatment and move forward in her recovery,” according to WTMJ-TV.

His attorney, Anthony Cotton, did not return a call for comment.

Prosecutors say Geyser and Weier lured Payton Leutner into the woods of a Waukesha park after a slumber party in May 2014, and Geyser repeatedly stabbed Leutner as Weier pushed her. The three girls were 12 years old at the time.

Geyser and Weier left Leutner for dead, but she managed to crawl out of the woods and was discovered by a passing cyclist.

She suffered 19 stab wounds and barely survived, according to the medical staff who treated her.

Police found Weier and Geyser later that day walking on Interstate 94 in Waukesha. They said they went to Slender Man’s mansion in northern Wisconsin and attacked Leutner because they thought it would make them Slender Man’s servants and stop him from killing their families.

Geyser pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree intentional homicide as part of a deal with prosecutors, and a judge sent her to the Winnebago Mental Health Institute after determining she suffered from a mental illness.

Weier pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree intentional homicide and was also sent to the mental institution after a jury found she suffered from mental illness at the time of the attack.

Last September, Weier was granted parole to live with his father and ordered to wear a GPS monitor.

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