News & Politics

Levi Aron Deemed Fit to Stand Trial, Said “I’m Famous” After Arrest

by

Levi Aron, the Brooklyn man accused of killing and dismembering 8-year-old Borough Park boy Leiby Kletzky last month, has been deemed fit to stand trial after pleading not guilty. He was arraigned today on first-degree murder and kidnapping charges. Reports also came out today about Aron’s behavior immediately following his arrest; he apparently said “I’m famous” and begged for McDonald’s, but was given Chinese food instead.

The Brooklyn D.A. said in a statement, “Now that Mr. Aron has been found fit to proceed we will move forward expeditiously to bring his case to trial. I want to reaffirm that this case will go to trial and that there are absolutely no circumstances which would lead me to accept a plea bargain.”

According to the Times, Aron’s lawyers are still planning an insanity defense despite the fact that he’s been declared competent. His defense team requested that Aron be kept at Bellevue for more evaluation, in a courtroom full of “agitated Hasidic observers.”

It could take a few months for psychiatrists to fully examine Aron, who claims to hear voices. His next court appearance will be October 14th, where his lawyers are expected to request a change of venue from Brooklyn.

[NYP, City Room/NYT]

Previously: Levi Aron Suspected in Murder of Brooklyn Boy Leiby Kletzky; Facebook Page Asks, ‘Is Your Family Safe?’

Levi Aron Charged in Murder of Leiby Kletzky; Lawyer Says Aron Hears Voices

Levi Aron Believed Mentally Unstable by His Lawyer; Were There Other Victims?

[rgray@villagevoice.com] [@_rosiegray]

More: