NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – A defense lawyer resumed his attack Thursday on the government’s claims that a city police officer conspired with Internet friends to kidnap, kill and eat women, asking an FBI agent why some communications were proof of a crime while others were deemed fantasies.
The lawyer, Robert Baum, directed FBI Agent Corey Walsh to obvious falsehoods in communications that the government has used as evidence that Officer Gilberto Valle was serious about attacking women he knew, including his wife.
As WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reports, the FBI believes that only three of Valle’s email pals are plotting real crimes, so when he’s online with people like Moody Blues, they take notice.
In one exchange, Moody Blues insisted he and Valle would need a secluded place to cook a woman alive.
“I have a place in the mountains,” Valle wrote. “Nobody’s around for three-quarters of a mile.”
Asked if that was true, Walsh testified that authorities “are not aware of a place he had in the mountains.”