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.
Prosecutors say retired Stuyvesant High School librarian Christopher Asch and auto mechanic Michael Van Hise aimed to turn disturbing ideas into deadly action.
Jury selection got under way Monday in the trial of a New Jersey man and a former Manhattan school librarian who are charged with conspiring to rape, torture and murder women and children.
Defendants Michael Vanhise, Robert Christopher Asch and Richard Meltz will go to trial together. The trial is scheduled to begin in November.