Levi Aron's Lawyers Eye Insanity Plea
Lawyers for Levi Aron, accused murderer of 8-year old Leiby Kletsky, say he is abnormal, hears voices, and are considering an insanity plea.
By Gabe Kahn.
First Publish: 7/19/2011, 10:46 PM / Last Update: 7/19/2011, 10:40 PM
Leiby Kletzky, z"l
Lawyers for the accused murderer of Leiby Kletzky said Monday he is "abnormal" and can't stop hearing sinister voices, the New York Daily News reports.
"Physically, he seems to be doing okay," defense lawyer Gerard Marrone said after a 2-1/2-hour meeting with Levi Aron, 35, in the psych ward at Bellevue Hospital.
"All we can say at this time, without going into specifics, is that upon talking to him for quite some time there's a severe diminished capacity."
Lawyer Pierre Bazile said psychologists will determine if Aron is fit to stand trial.
"His demeanor can only be described as abnormal," Bazile said without elaborating.
Marrone and Bazile said they discussed numerous subjects with Aron, ranging from childhood to what they describe as his 'ultra-Orthodox' Jewish upbringing.
"He's been hearing voices for quite some time," Marrone said. "He tries to quell some of the voices by listening to music ... He listens to it very loud."
Aron, 35, confessed to one of the most heinous crimes in New York history, telling police investigators he killed 8-year-old Leiby in a panic when he realized a massive search for the lost child was underway.
Aron tried to hide the body by chopping it up and stuffing parts in his freezer and in a Dumpster, police say.
As his legal team appears to be preparing for an insanity defense, Leiby's family continues to sit shiva at their Brooklyn home.