The parents of the teen stabbed 19 times in 2014 and reportedly left in the woods to die by her supposed friends, shared a picture of the victim for the first time since the attempted murder took place. Not only is she happy and healthy, but she’s taking advanced courses in school and going on overseas field trips.
Payton Leutner, now a thriving 14-year-old, was just 12 years old when she was lured into the woods close to her Waukesha, Wisconsin, home, and allegedly stabbed numerous times by Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser, both 12 at the time. Both suspects, charged as adults for attempted murder, pleaded “not guilty” by reason of insanity.
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According to spokesperson for the Leutner family, Steve Lyons, Payton has finally gotten back a sense of normalcy in her life, despite a traumatic crime that left her fighting for her life. Yet, she’s also aware she may have to testify against her her former friends during their upcoming trials, something that Lyons acknowledged will likely be emotionally painful for the 14-year-old.
“There’s some normalcy, after this horrific premeditated crime, and we’re just very proud of her. Having to relive that is very difficult, but at the same time, they do believe that at the end of the day, justice will be served.”
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Payton’s update comes on the heels of a Good Morning America interview with Anissa’s parents, Bill and Kristy Weier. Both parents expressed that Anissa was extremely “remorseful” for her actions. They also stated that their daughter shouldn’t be tried as an adult due to her immature brain development at the time of the murder. They also said they felt “Wisconsin laws haven’t kept up with the science of juvenile brain development.”
“The laws in the state of Wisconsin are outdated,” said Bill Weier. “If you look at the way the laws are now, the law has not advanced with … what we know about juvenile brain development.”
Both suspects are headed for separate trials, likely to start this summer.
[Feature Photo: Waukesha PD]