NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The defense team for a New York police officer charged with conspiring to kidnap, kill and eat women has rested its case after calling just one main witness to testify.
Lawyers told the judge earlier Tuesday that Officer Gilberto Valle would not take the stand in his own defense.
Defense attorneys presented evidence Tuesday beginning with the videotaped deposition of a Russian man who runs a fetish website where the government says Officer Gilberto Valle, 28, met co-conspirators interested in capturing, raping, killing, cooking and eating women.
Sergey Merenkov, 34, said in testimony videotaped Feb. 19 that he started the darkfetishnet web site with partners in 2010 to create a Facebook-like environment for people with kinky fantasies to communicate. He said the majority of the 4,500 active users, 25 percent of which he estimates to be women, are in the United States or Europe.