The Brooklyn District Attorney, Charles J. Hynes, announced today that a grand jury had handed down an eight-count indictment against the animal, Levi Aron. Aron is charged with the horrific kidnapping, murder and dismemberment of eight year old, Leiby Kletzky.
The most serious of the charges facing Aron are two counts of felony murder. They carry a maximum penalty of life in prison without the possibility of parole. Aron was also charged with three counts of second-degree murder, two counts of kidnapping in the first degree and one count of kidnapping in the second degree.
Aron is currently being held in a psychiatric ward at New York’s Bellevue Hospital. His lawyers are suggesting Aron’s defense could be insanity; they have also made passing mention of “diminished capacity.” A diminished capacity defense is a partial defense and suggests that although the defendant is not deemed “insane,” they are not aware of their actions and do not have the capacity to comprehend actions they may have taken. In this defense, the defendant does not refute they committed the crime, they only contend the state of mind (due to physical and/or emotional factors), was such that the defendant should not be judged to have committed premeditated, or felony, murder.
Attorney’s are claiming that Aron hears voices and must play very loud music to drown the voice out. He also suffers from hallucinations.
The medical examiners office said the boy was drugged prior to being suffocated by Aron, who murdered the little guy after realizing there were hundreds of people looking for the him in the community. Aron stated that he “panicked” after seeing the flyers that alerted the community that Leiby was missing.
The insanity defense is very difficult to prove. I don’t think it will fly in this case. Well, it will be interesting what the defense comes up with in this awful case.
More on this story as it evolves.
As for the Casey Anthony case…. The madness continues with very little new news.