One of the two convicted "Slender Man" attackers has withdrawn her petition for early release.
Morgan Geyser, 20, is serving a 40-year sentence in a Wisconsin mental health facility for the near-fatal stabbing of fellow sixth grader Payton Leutner. In June, Geyser sought conditional release, something that had been granted to her co-defendant Anissa Weier in 2021.
Judge Michael Bohren ordered the defendant — currently housed at the Winnebago Mental Health Institute in Oshkosh — to undergo three evaluations by three separate doctors before she would decide on Geyser’s potential release.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that the first of those three ordered reviews was completed on Aug. 4 by Dr. Deborah Collins, president of Behavioral Consultants Inc. and director of the Wisconsin Forensic Unit.
Collins’ findings were kept confidential. But on Tuesday, Geyser’s attorney, Anthony Cotton, submitted a letter withdrawing the release petition, according to NBC Milwaukee affiliate WTMJ-TV.
“We are requesting that the remaining examinations not be finalized,” wrote Cotton. “And we will continue to revisit this issue as Ms. Geyser continues to make progress in treatment and advance with her recovery.”
Judge Bohren approved the new request.
Prosecutors say Geyser and Weier lured Leutner out of a home during a sleepover in May 2014. After the pre-teen trio entered a wooded area in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Geyser stabbed Leutner 19 times with a kitchen knife while Weier cheered her one.
All three girls were just 12 years old.
Geyser and Weier confessed to the stabbing, claiming they carried out the near-fatal attack to appease “Slender Man,” a fictional boogeyman who appeared on horror-themed websites in the late 2000s. They were charged as adults.
Geyser pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree murder but was found not guilty by reason of mental disease as part of a plea agreement.
Her co-conspirator, Weier was sentenced to 25 years in a psychiatric facility.
Weier was granted conditional release in July 2021 after spending three years at the Winnebago Mental Health Institute. She was released to her father’s custody and ordered to wear a GPS monitor after Judge Bohren agreed she posed “no clear or convincing” risk to herself or others.
Weier’s release was followed by Geyser and her legal representatives’ bid to abbreviate her sentence in June.
Geyser argued her potential freedom “would not pose a significant risk of bodily harm to herself or others if released under specific conditions.”
Those conditions were to be outlined contingent on the judge granting Geyser’s request.
Geyser’s attorney, Anthony Cotton, did not immediately respond to requests by Oxygen.com.