The defense lawyer for the former NYPD officer accused of plotting to kidnap, cook and eat women claimed in court Monday that prosecutors are panicking as their case against Gilberto Valle crumbles.
A federal judge said Wednesday that key evidence that the government has boasted about against an NYPD officer charged with seeking to kill and eat women might not be so clear after all.
Federal prosecutors said Monday that Gilberto Valle engaged in a grisly Internet chat with a man who said he was in India.
The proposed questionnaire from Gilberto Valle’s lawyers would ask potential jurors if they have a bias against people who frequent Internet sites depicting sadomasochistic behavior. A federal judge will rule on the request before Valle’s trial starts next month. He had previously been ordered held without bail.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied bail for Gilberto Valle on Tuesday.
With the trial set to begin in two weeks, the defense attorney for the infamous “cannibal cop” was hoping Wednesday that a judge would allow a key witness to testify.
Prosecutor Randall Jackson told the judge that Michael Vanhise took part in surveillance of targets of the plot and even sent pictures of his 7-year-old niece to other conspirators, suggesting the little girl as someone to be kidnapped and eaten.
Michael Vanhise, 23, of Trenton, New Jersey, was arrested on conspiracy to commit kidnapping charges. He appeared in federal court Friday in Manhattan.
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.