Morgan E. Geyser, Anissa E. Weier and Payton Isabella Leutner
Probable cause court proceedings against Weier halted until mental evaluation completed in the Slanderman stabbing case of a 12-year-old victim.
By H. Nelson Goodson
September 15, 2014
Waukesha, WI - On Monday, Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Michael O. Bohren ordered a mental evaluation for Anissa E. Weier, 12, who is charged as an adult for stabbing 12-year-old Payton Isabella Leutner at least 19 times on May 31. Weier is charged with first-degree intentional homicide. Her court proceedings for a probable cause hearing has been rescheduled for October 22.
In early August, the second suspect Morgan E. Geyser, 12, was also found to be incompetent to stand trial for first-degree intentional homicide in Leutner's stabbing. A hearing date on Geyser's competency report was set for November 12 to continue with the case. Leutner was not present at both Weier and Geyser's competency request hearings.
The Geyser's ruling in court also indicated that Geyser could become competent within a year with treatment and might stand trial. Geyser remained in custody in the care of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (WDHS) and is housed at the Washington County Juvenile Center in West Bend.
Geyser was also charged with stabbing of Leutner from Waukesha. Leutner was stabbed at least 19 times by Geyser and Weier, who planned her murder for months. Leutner was invited to a birthday slumber party by Geyser. They lured Leutner to Davids Park and committed the horrific act and then left their best friend to die as a sacrificed murder to Slenderman. Leutner crawled out of the wooded area and was found by a bicyclist who called 911. Geyser and Weier later confessed to police that they wanted Leutner dead because they were influence by Slenderman, a fictional character.
Both Geyser and Weier were charged as adults with one felony count each for first-degree attempted intentional homicide, party to a crime and use of a dangerous weapon.
If convicted, both Geyser and Weier are facing up to 65-years in prison each and are being held each on a $500,000 cash bond at a Washington County Juvenile Detention Center.
Leutner's identity was made available after her name was posted on numerous Facebook discussions about the Waukesha attempted murder case.