Tuesday, September 26

Defendant in ‘Slender Man’ stabbing case seeks conditional release

Morgan Geyser in court in 2018.

WAUKESHA – Morgan Geyser returned to the courthouse Thursday for the first time since her sentencing in the Slender Man stabbing case more than four years ago.

Since 2018, Geyser, now 20, has been committed to the Winnebago Mental Health Institute after being found not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect in the case.

Earlier this month, Geyser petitioned for conditional release from the hospital to continue her care in the community.

She appeared briefly, wearing orange jail clothing. Circuit Judge Michael Bohren, who committed Geyser for 40 years, agreed to appoint three doctors to examine Geyser over the summer and to file reports by the end of August.  Another hearing would be scheduled sometime after the reports are submitted.

Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Michael Bohren

All three doctors — one each recommended by the defense, the state and Bohren — have previous experience in the Slender Man case. They are Deborah Collins, Kenneth Robbins and Robert Rawski.

Bohren said Stawski is no longer taking appointments, but that he would reach out to him about doing so for Geyser. If not, Bohren said he would ask Brooke Lundbohm, who also has prior experience in the case.

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