The Latest on a jury trial to decide whether a Wisconsin girl accused of helping stab a classmate to please horror character Slender Man is mentally competent (all times local):
A judge says a jury deciding whether a Wisconsin girl accused of helping stab a classmate was mentally ill during the attack must continue deliberating after delivering an inconsistent verdict.
According to investigators, Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser stabbed Payton Leutner in a suburban Milwaukee park in 2014 to please the fictional horror character Slender Man. The girl survived. All three were 12 at the time.
Weier and Geyser told detectives they believed they had to kill Leutner to become Slender Man’s servants and protect their families from him. Weier’s attorneys are trying to convince jurors she was mentally ill and should be committed to an institution rather than prison.
Under Wisconsin law, 10 of 12 jurors must agree on whether Weier was mentally ill and if so decide if she was responsible for her actions.
After 9½ hours of deliberations, the jury returned a verdict. Judge Michael Bohren did not announce it in court, but Weier attorney Maura McMahon said 10 jurors found Weier mentally ill and 10 found her not responsible.
But Bohren said the same 10 didn’t answer each…