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Levi Aron's Lawyer to Pursue Insanity Defense

Accused murderer of eight-year-old Leiby Kletzky is insane, his lawyer claims in an interview with CNN.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 10/25/2011, 6:38 AM

Leiby Kletzky
Leiby Kletzky
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The attorney of Levi Aron, who is accused of kidnapping and brutally murdering eight-year-old Leiby Kletzky in July, said Monday he will be pursuing an insanity defense.

Defense attorney Howard Greenberg told CNN he hopes to prove Aron is not guilty by reason of insanity, despite Aron previously being ruled fit for trial.

Greenberg told the news network that his client was unaware of the gravity of the situation, and that this should be a simple case.

“Anyone who thirsts for Levi Aron’s blood will be satisfied to know that if they find him guilty, he’ll be spending the rest of his days in an asylum,” Greenberg said, adding that a confession by Aron to police was misleading. He said that authorities used language during questioning that confused his client and that his written confession helps demonstrate his insanity.

“During police questioning, my client had recognition of the subject matter but he couldn’t recall the events he was being accused of,” Greenberg, who is claiming that police did not properly record the interrogation, said.

Leiby Kletzky went missing on July 11 as he was walking home from day camp in Brooklyn. His dismembered body was found a day later after a frantic search.

35-year-old Aron was arrested and charged with the murder. He later pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and kidnapping. His next court date is scheduled for December 21.

“Equal justice is equal, for people you love and for people you despise,” Greenberg told CNN.

In August, Leiby’s family announced they intend to sue Aron and his father for $100 million each.