Morgan Geyser has been named as the 12-year-old girl that allegedly stabbed her friend 19 times.
Geyser and her co-defendant Anissa Weier allegedly planned for months to kill their friend in order to please the fictional character Slenderman, who is though to have originated online several years ago.
Weier told police that she and Geyser handed the knife back and forth before Geyser ended up with it.
Geyser told her, “I’m not going to until you tell me to,” Weier said. Weier started walking away and said, “Go ballistic, go crazy.”
Geyser said she would, and Weier said “now.”
Geyser then tackled the victim and started stabbing her. They were in the woods near a park. The victim screamed, and said “I hate you. I trusted you.”
Asked if she knew what it meant to kill someone, Weier said “I believe it’s ending a life and I regret it.”
“The bad part of me wanted her to die, the good part of me wanted her to live,” she added, reported the Journal Sentinel. Geyser, on the other hand, said that “it was weird that I didn’t feel remorse.”
She also said that she thought Weier stabbed the victim first, then handed the knife to her, and she continued the stabbing.
Geyser told police that they had to do it or “he would kill our family.” She was asked who “he” was, and she said she didn’t know. But she said that she never met Slenderman, but that he watches her and can read minds and teleport.
She said that what she did was “probably wrong,” and said she was sorry.
The girls left the victim lying in the woods. She crawled to a road where a bicyclist found her lying on the sidewalk. Police arrived and she gave them the name of one of the girls who attacked her.
Both girls were charged as adults with first-degree attempted homicide Monday in Waukesha County Circuit Court; they each face up to 60 years in prison if convicted. A court commissioner set bail at $500,000 cash per child.
“I recognize their young ages but it’s still unbelievable,” Court Commissioner Thomas Pieper said during one of the girls’ initial court appearances Monday.
The victim suffered 19 stab wounds; one missed a major artery near her heart by a millimeter, doctors told police. She was in stable condition Monday. The court documents did not name her.
“It’s extremely disturbing as a parent and as chief of police,” Waukesha Police Chief Russell Jack said at a news conference ahead of the court appearances Monday.
One of the girls’ attorneys, Donna Kuchler, asked Pieper to remove reporters from the courtroom Monday because she planned to attempt to get her client waived into juvenile court, but Pieper refused. Kuchler escorted the girl’s family out of the courtroom, telling reporters only that the family was horrified at what happened.
The other girl’s attorney, Joseph Smith Jr., declined to comment.
Both girls are due back in court on June 11 for a status conference.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.