Levi Aron, the man charged with the kidnapping and murder of an 8-year-old boy from Brooklyn, and his attorneys are now saying that his confession was coerced by the police. The defense says authorities took advantage of Aron's fragile mental state.
According to a report in the Huffington Post, at a brief hearing in the state Supreme Court in Brooklyn, Aron appeared via video and barely moved or shifted his gaze. Meanwhile, his attorneys said that their intention was to prove that Aron was in no way guilty of Leiby Kletzy's death, considering his mental condition.
We intend to prove that Levi Aron is not responsible by reason of insanity, said defense attorney Howard Greenberg, outside the courtroom, And anyone who thirsts for Levi Aron's blood can take solace in the fact that he will spend the rest of his life, never see the light of day, in an asylum.
According to Greenberg, detectives from the New York Police Department told Levi Aron what to say when he made his written confession.
My opinion is this guy would admit to shooting Kennedy if you spent enough time with him, he added.
But Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who has followed the case and knows Leiby's family, called the notion of an insanity plea outrageous and a desperate attempt on the part of the defense.
Leiby Kletzky, a Hasidic Jewish boy, was kidnapped on July 11 as he walked home from a day camp at his school in the neighborhood of Borough Park, Brooklyn. The boy, according to a report in The Jerusalem Post, lost his way home and stopped to ask Aron for directions.
Parts of Leiby's dismembered body were found in Aron's Kensington apartment and in a dumpster in another Brooklyn neighborhood, Sunset Park, on the morning of July 13.
The 8-year-old boy's disappearance sparked an all-out search by the NYPD and a block-by-block search by up to 5,000 Orthodox Jewish volunteers from New York and other states. Aron's involvement was considered after CCTV footage from along the boy's route home was examined. The tape showed the boy meeting Aron and then getting into his car. Aron, soon after his arrest, reportedly submitted a statement of confession, admitting to the kidnap and murder of the boy.
Levi Aron will next appear in court on Dec. 21.
Full Text of Levi Aron's 450-Word Confession: (as published by NBC New York)
My name is Levi Aron... On Monday evening around 5:30 I went to my dentist, Dr. Sorcher, to make a payment for visit for exam routine.
A boy approached me on where the Judaica book store was. He was still there when went out from the dentist's office. He asked me for a ride to the Judaica book store. While on the way he changed his mind and wasn't sure where he wanted to go.
So I asked if he wanted to go for the ride - wedding in Monsey - since I didn't think I was going to stay for the whole thing since my back was hurting. He said ok.
Due to traffic, I got back around 11:30 p.m. ... so I brought him to my house thinking I'd bring him to his house the next day. He watched TV then fell asleep in the front room. I went to the middle room to sleep. That next morning, he was still sleeping when I was ready to leave.
So I woke him and told him I'll bring him to his house... when I saw the flyers I panicked and was afraid. When I got home he was still there so I made him a tuna sandwich....
I was still in a panic ... and afraid to bring him home. That is when approximately I went for a towel to smother him in the side room. He fought back a little bit until eventually he stopped breathing.
Afterwards I panicked because I didn't know what to do with the body.... carried parts to the back room placing parts between the freezer and the refrigerator ...... went to clean up a little then took a second shower. I panicked and .. Then putting the parts in a suitcase. Then carrying suitcase to the car ...placing in backseat on floor behind passenger side.... drove around approximately around 20 minutes before placing it in the dumpster on 20th street just before 4th Avenue. Then went home to clean and organize. I understand this may be wrong and I'm sorry for the hurt that I have caused.