An attorney for one of the defendants charged with stabbing a classmate to appease the fictional internet entity The Slender Man, argued Tuesday in court that his client is mentally unstable, and is not fit to stand trial. A state doctor has deemed the girl to be mentally fit.
On May 31, the teen, now 13, along with a friend, lured their 12-year-old classmate into a wooded area in Waukesha, Wisconsin, where they allegedly held her down and stabbed her 19 times. The victim crawled away and was discovered by a cyclist.
Judge Michael Bohren heard the report of the 13-year-old defendant’s present psychological assessment last week, but didn’t directly act upon it, after defense attorney Anthony Cotton countered that he hadn’t gotten the chance to speak with his client. Bohren advised Cotton to talk with the teen and return to court.
Cotton asserted that his client is still mentally incompetent, and was receiving the one-on-one care she requires in a mental institution - care she would not get in jail. Cotton added that his client still believes the Slender Man to be real, and hired a doctor that will testify during a December 18 hearing on her behalf.
According to Kenneth Robbins, the psychiatrist hired by the defense, the defendant was described as being “giddy,” was laughing inappropriately while being interviewed and seemed unconcerned about a lengthy prison sentence.
“We don’t think anything has changed in terms of her functioning,” Cotton remarked.
Wisconsin law dictates that suspects in major crimes are to be charged as adults if they are at least 10.
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While being interviewed by the police, the two attackers admitted that the stabbing was the first step toward becoming “proxies” to The Slender Man. The 13-year-old defendant said she believed that The Slender Man lived in a mansion in Wisconsin, where she and her accomplice could live, after they completed a murder. Both were charged as adults for first-degree intentional homicide, and are facing up to 65 years imprisonment each.
Commenting on the defendant’ss mental status back in August, Dr. Brooke Lundbohm told the Waukesha County court that the tween is “standing mute.” Lundbohm revealed that the 13-year-old likewise believes in unicorns, thinks she has mind-control capabilities similar to the Vulcan race of Star Trek lore and has conversations with Harry Potter villain Lord Voldemort. She is likewise afraid to mention much about The Slender Man, for fear he would harm her or her family. She also claimed to communicate with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.