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Jury picked to decide competency in Wisconsin stabbing case

Anissa Weier listens during jury selection in her trial at Waukesha County Courthouse Monday, Sept 11, 2017, in Waukesha, Wis. Prosecutors allege that Weier and her friend, Morgan Geyser, lured classmate Payton Leutner into a Waukesha park in May 2014 and stabbed her 19 times. The girls have said it was an effort to to please a fictional horror character known as Slender Man. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, Pool)

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — A jury has been selected in southeastern Wisconsin to decide the mental competency of a girl accused of stabbing a classmate in 2014 to please a fictional horror character known as Slender Man.

Twelve jurors and four alternates were selected Monday in the case of 15-year-old Anissa Weier (ah-NEE’-sah WY’-ur). Opening statements are scheduled Tuesday.

Weier has pleaded not guilty due to mental illness in a stabbing that nearly took the life of classmate Payton Leutner (LYT’-nur) at a Waukesha park when the girls were 12. A second classmate, Morgan Geyser (GY’-zur), will go on trial later.

Several potential jurors were dismissed because they said they don’t believe in the insanity plea.

A plea deal calls for Weier to be committed to a mental hospital for at least three years if she’s found to have been mentally ill.

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