US girls in the trial were trying to please horror character Slender Man

February 18, 2015 5:37 pm

An attorney for one of two girls accused of stabbing their classmate
to please horror character Slender Man tried to convince a judge to move
her case into juvenile court, arguing that his client is mentally
disturbed and believed she had to kill to protect herself and her family
from the creature.
Taking the stand during the second day of a
preliminary hearing, psychologist Deborah Collins testified that she has
interviewed the girl several times and concluded she honestly believes
Slender Man exists.

The girls in the trial were trying to please horror character Slender Man. Photo / Wikimedia Commons
“(Her belief) hasn’t wavered and it’s been unyielding to a rational perspective,” Collins testified.
Collins
also testified that the girl told her she uses Vulcan mind control to
keep negative emotions at bay and believes Harry Potter villain Lord
Voldemort visits her when he’s not away on business trips.

A private detective working for the defence testified he
discovered more than 60 drawings of Slender Man in the girl’s bedroom.
Many of the sketches included notes such as “not safe even in your
house” and “he is here always.”
One drawing depicted a girl lying
on the ground and a person standing over her with the message “I love
killing people” written over the figure.
The detective went on to
say he found more than a half-dozen Barbie dolls in the bedroom that
had been marked with Slender Man’s symbol. Some were missing their hands
and feet.
According to court documents, the girls told
detectives they had been planning to kill Peyton Leutner for months.
They are accused of luring her to a park in the Milwaukee suburb of
Waukesha on May 31 and stabbing her 19 times. Leutner barely survived;
one stab wound just missed her heart.
The alleged attackers were
found walking toward the Nicolet National Forest, where they say they
thought they would join Slender Man.
All three girls were 12
years old at the time of the incident. The two alleged attackers face
one count of being a party to attempted first-degree intentional
homicide in adult court. They each could face up to 65 years in the
state prison system if convicted.
Police detectives testified on
Monday that both girls believed they had to kill their friend and join
Slender Man in order to protect themselves and their families from his
wrath.
Defence attorney Anthony Cotton is trying to use that to
move his client to juvenile court, where she couldn’t be held beyond age
25.
He contends that since the girl thought she was defending
herself a charge of attempted second-degree intentional homicide is more
appropriate. Since the girl is under 18, she would face that count in
children’s court.
Prosecutors countered that a preliminary
hearing – the stage of Wisconsin’s legal process where a judge decides
whether enough evidence exists to move to trial – isn’t the proper venue
for such an argument. Judge Michael Bohren declined to rule on anything
Tuesday, asking all sides to submit briefs. He promised to issue a
decision on March 13.
The Associated Press isn’t naming the
alleged attackers because their cases could end up in juvenile court,
where proceedings are secret.

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