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Morgan Geyser files petition for conditional release

WISN Milwaukee 6/23/2022

Eight years after the Slender Man attack stabbing attack rocked Waukesha, Morgan Geyser says she's ready to be released from a mental institution.

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In a petition to a judge, the now-20-year-old Geyser says she wouldn't pose a risk if released.

Geyser was found not guilty of attempted homicide in the May 2014 stabbing attack because of mental illness.

Now, she's filed this petition requesting she can be released from a state mental hospital under certain conditions.

Within days of sixth-grader Payton Leutner stumbling out of the woods at the end of Big Bend Road in Waukesha, the community and the world learned the stunning truth.

Her then-12-year-old friends Geyser and Anissa Weier lured her there, stabbed her 19 times and left her for dead.

They said to please the horror character Slender Man. They told police they were convinced he was real.

Geyser, diagnosed with schizophrenia, has remained in custody since the day of the stabbing.

She was committed to a state mental hospital in 2018 for 40 years after being found not guilty by reason of mental disease.

Four years later, she filed and signed a petition stating she "would not pose a significant risk."

"You can't overlook the involvement of mental health experts in a case like this," defense attorney Craig Mastantuono said.

Mastantuono isn't representing Geyser but has handled many conditional release petitions for clients like her.

He expects the judge will require a thorough examination of the progress Geyser has made while institutionalized.

"These are forensic psychologists or forensic psychiatrists who'll do an evaluation, make risk assessments and then make a recommendation to the court about whether that person is going to be dangerous if released outside of institutionalized care," Mastantuono said.

Last September, Weier was granted conditional release to live with her father and has a GPS monitor 24/7.

If Geyser does eventually gain her release, it's expected she would have similar restrictions.

Geyser is expected to appear in court Thursday afternoon for a hearing.

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