Monday, October 24, 2011
The lawyer for the Brooklyn man accused of allegedly killing and dismembering little Leiby Kletzky he will pursue an insanity defense when his client goes to trial, saying the confession was coerced.
Levi Aron had been ruled fit to stand trial for Kletzky's murder this past July, but defense lawyer Howard Greenberg said today his client is insane and that they intend to prove their client is not guilty by reason of insanity.
"Anyone who thirsts for Levi Aron's blood can take solace that [if found guilty] he'll spend the rest of his life in an asylum -- never to see the light of day," Greenberg said outside Brooklyn Supreme Court.
Aron, 35, appeared in court today through a video conference as both the prosecution and defense filed a series of motions this morning before Supreme Court Justice Neil Firetog.
Aron, who sat in a chair, did not move or say a word throughout the brief hearing, appearing catatonic.
"My opinion is you'll get him to admit he shot Kennedy if you spent enough time with him," Greenberg said.
Aron has pleaded not guilty to murder and kidnapping charges.
Greenberg said the case against Levi is "easy."
"He's either evil or crazy," he added.
Greenberg also said that "statements attributed to [Aron] will come to bite the DA on the tuches."
But State Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) called the insanity claim "outrageous."
"This guy knew what he was doing," Hikind said of Aron's involvement in Kletzky's murder.
Kletzky, 8, got lost walking to meet his parents in the Hasidic Jewish enclave of Borough Park when he was allegedly picked up by Aron.
The creep said he had picked up Leiby on July 11 after the helpless boy asked him for directions to a Judaica bookstore, according to prosecutors.
Aron offered him a ride, but "on the way, he changed his mind," the fiend said, according to records.
The pair wound up at the wedding of Aron's cousin in Rockland County before heading back to Brooklyn.
"I brought him to my house, thinking I'd bring him to his house the next day," Aron said, according to the DA.
Leiby watched TV and then fell asleep, and was still asleep when Aron woke in the morning and had to go to work, the confession said.
"I woke him, and told him I'll bring him to his house when I get back," Aron said.
Instead, the cowardly creep panicked at the wide scope of the search, and decided he had to kill Leiby -- after making him a tuna sandwich -- and then chopping him up.
Body parts and bloody knives were found inside Aron's apartment. The boy's severed feet were found in a freezer.
The alleged confession leaves out at least one horrifying detail: the Medical Examiner's Office concluded that Leiby had been heavily drugged, having been forced to swallow "an overdose of muscle relaxant, antipsychotics, pain medication and acetaminophen" before he was smothered.