Defense: Levi Aron’s Confession In 8-Year-Old’s Killing Coerced

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Lawyers for the man accused in the murder and dismemberment of an 8-year-old Brooklyn boy said Monday his confession was coerced.

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Levi Aron didn’t appear in person for a hearing Monday, but watched the proceedings via a video link from Riker’s Island.

His defense attorneys said authorities told Aron what to write down when he allegedly confessed to the crime.

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“My opinion is this guy would admit he shot Kennedy if you spent enough time with him,” said defense attorney Howard Greenberg, who joined Aron’s legal team pro-bono after a judge questioned the experience of his other lawyers.

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The defense also said he isn’t sane enough to be aware of his actions, even though Aron has been ruled fit to stand trial.

Psychiatrists determined that Aron is mentally competent and that he understands the charges against him.

Nevertheless, Greenberg said they will pursue an insanity defense for their client.

“Anyone who thirsts for Levi Aron’s blood can take solace in the fact that he will spend the rest of his life in an asylum, never to see the light of day,” Greenberg said.

levi aron Defense: Levi Arons Confession In 8 Year Olds Killing Coerced

Levi Aron watches court proceedings via a video link, Monday Oct. 24, 2011 (credit: Juliet Papa/1010 WINS)

Prosecutors said Aron killed 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky back on July 11 and then dismembered his body. Authorities said Aron kidnapped Kletzky from his neighborhood in Borough Park and gave him a toxic mix of prescription and over-the-counter drugs before smothering him.

Aron then allegedly butchered the boy’s body, hiding part of it in his freezer.

Police said Aron killed Kletzky because he panicked after seeing flyers of the 8-year-old around the neighborhood.

Defense attorneys were also expected to request Aron’s trial be moved out of Brooklyn because they don’t believe he can get a fair trial.

State Assemblyman Dov Hikind was in court Monday as a representative for the Kletzky family.

“To accuse the district attorney they coerced this and set this up as the whole world was really watching this and there was so many people involved in this case is really outrageous,” he said.

Hikind also called the insanity defense a desperate measure.

Aaron has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and kidnapping.

What do you think? Sound off below in our comments section…

  • Queens rider

    Fine then. Give him due process. I VOLUNTEER to sit on that jury–with 11 other human beings that see through this travesty. He should just do the right thing and plead guilty sparing the family the anguish and the public the trial costs. Coerced my a$$. He’s a deranged child killer.

  • brooklyngirl

    That Hikind showed up for the hearing is, for me, evidence enough that a change of venue is in order. What is really disturbing about most of the posts on this the ignorance about and total disrespect for the constitutional principles of a right to a fair,trial, the presumption of innocence and effective assistance of counsel. Defense counsel are doing everything to protect the defendant’s rights,, including interposing an insanity defense. It is their constitutional obligation to do so. Thank heavens none of the unsophisticated ignoramuses here are not the defendant’s attorney..

  • thor's hammer

    i know the defense attorneys have a job to do, but the new guy gives new meaning to smarmy lawyer. this poor excuse for oxygen consumption on the planet was methodical and calculating in the murder of the young boy. life in prison is too good, and a psych facility is excessive in overlooking what took place. we need to rid ourselves of the likes of this, and the lowlife who murdered 1 woman trying to protect kids getting out of school last friday. no sympathy for the devils. justice for the victims only!!

  • Kim

    Really, and how did they coerce the evidence to get into the freezer along with the knife with his prints on it?

    I want to know how mr. Greenberg sleeps at night- does he hang upside down from the rafters?

    I wouls pay to see him S-wing.

  • JMS

    its the defense lawyer’s job is to question everything about the proceedings from the time the defendant is in custody. This is typical when there is no alibi or reasonable argument that he didn’t comit the crime. as big of monster as levi aaron appears to be, this is america and everyone is entitled to a defense.

  • A Jew

    It is a terrible accusation to say that the parents were neglectful! It was the very first time he was allowed to walk from camp to a meeting place where he was to meet his mother not three or four blocks away. He missed the turn even though his parents had practiced with him the day before. Leiby was about to celebrate his 9th birthday and was experimenting with more responsibility and freedom as all children do. His parents are warm, loving and devote people who did everything in the best interests of their children at all times. The loss they have borne is more than most could handle and they have done so with dignity and humility. Leiby was buried within hours of being found and during the funeral, his father thanked G-d for having given them the opportunity to have had Leiby for as long as they had. That family deserves respect and nothing more.

    • JMS

      well said. may his memory be a blessing

  • Vik

    Leave the parents alone. These crazy p.o.s.’s like Levi Aron shouldn’t have been on the street – PERIOD.

    • Liberals are Evil

      You are as stupid as Leiby’s parents are. Stop and think for a second. That child was only 8 years old. What parent in his/her right mind would allow a child that young to walk alone in a big city? Obviously, these two morons, like you, don’t think!

  • Vik

    Euthanize this animal.

  • Monica

    May this son of a bitch: ROT IN HELL

  • menbuchert

    Hang him high!!!! Give the worst punishment!!! Broil him!!! Give his flesh to eat 4 the dogs in the street!!!

  • Steven

    is it gud to have a bankruptcy lawyers..?

  • pete

    Levi does not need a fair trial, he needs a good hanging. Everything else is a waste of taxpayers money. A creep like this animal does not deserve to be treated like a human being. Just hang him high!!!

    • Michael H.

      Everybody, no matter how heinous the crime, deserves a fair trial. This is America, not Iran.

      • pete

        OK, be a good American. Give him a fair trial and hang him high!!! Does not matter with me one way or the other. I am with you, as long as they stretch his neck!!

        • Michael H.

          Are you aware that NY has not had capital punishment since 1967? I guess not.

  • Jeff

    The parents werent neglectful at all, its something all of new york does =, we could not force our children to live in cages sorry.

  • Liberals Are Evil

    Levi should ge the death penalty and Leiby’s parents should also stand trial for having been so neglectful of the boy.

    • jamieTny

      i dont know where you get off saying that his parents were neglectful. The problem is that the Hasidic community has a false sense of security.Kids in that community commonly walk on the street. They trust their own people [by the way Levi Aron is not a hasidic jew].

      • Liberals are Evil

        You moron, it is still a big city with all kinds of people. You are as stupid as that hasidic community.

        • Zachary

          This is not a forum for anti-Semitic remarks

  • Danny

    They should move the trial to a state that has the death penalty and inform his attorneys that if he is found guilty there, they have to deal with that state’s punishment.

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