The verdicts in Christopher Asch and Michael Van Hise’s conspiracy trial came a year after a conviction in a headline-grabbing case of a police officer accused of plotting abductions and cannibalism.
Jurors deliberated nearly a full day Friday without reaching a verdict in the case of 28-year-old officer Gilberto Valle. They were to return to court on Monday.
The defendant, wearing a dark suit and yellow tie, wept as his lawyer described how the case had “cost him everything,” including his wife and “adorable baby.”
Defense attorneys began Tuesday with the showing of a videotaped deposition of a Russian man who runs a fetish website.
The jury at the trial of a New York City police officer accused of plotting to kill women and eat their body parts won’t be shown gruesome photos from websites he visited but will see evidence of Internet searches on subjects like “how to cook a human,” a judge ruled on Monday.
Gilberto Valle pleaded not guilty Monday to charges he plotted to kidnap, torture, cook and eat at least 100 women
Gilberto Valle, 28, is a married, six-year veteran of the force assigned to the 26th Precinct. He is accused of planning to kidnap, cook and eat — as many as 100 women. Investigators said his meticulous plan included the intentional torture of his victims.