Levi Aron, the 35-year-old man who confessed to to the murder of 8-year-old Brooklyn boy Leiby Kletzky, has been going through a series of psych exams at Bellevue. Defense attorneys who spent two hours with him say they believe he’s mentally unstable, that he’s “been hearing voices for some time,” and that he tries to “quell some of the voices” by listening to music. “His demeanor appears to be abnormal,” said defense attorney Pierre Bazile.
While Aron’s attorneys are not saying they’re going to use an insanity defense, yet, given Aron’s confession and the focus on psych exams at this point — as well as the crime itself — it’s certainly a possible course of action. NY1 reports that the defense attorneys are waiting for more information on the court-ordered tests and have ordered their own as well. An indictment for Aron, who pleaded not guilty at his arraignment, is expected this week.
Meanwhile, investigators continue to collect evidence from Aron’s home, testing for traces of blood, and spanning out in search of other possible victims in states like Tennessee, Arkansas, and Florida, where Aron was married or engaged to Jewish women. Forensic DNA expert Lawrence Kobilinsky said, “It’s rather unusual for a stellar citizen to jump to the point of murdering a child and dismembering the body. I think the police feel that there may be other victims.”
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 18, 2011