Stephen Nessen, Reporter, WNYC News
Stephen Nessen reports for the WNYC Newsroom and can often be heard live on Morning Edition.
Levi Aron, the hardware store clerk charged with murdering an 8-year-old Brooklyn boy, has a personality disorder, according to a psychiatric evaluation.
The evaluation, which depicted the accused murderer as being "flat" and "apathetic," was first obtained by the Associated Press and later confirmed to WNYC by Aron's attorney
The court-ordered psychiatric evaluation also revealed that Aron had a sister who was institutionalized for schizophrenia.
Aron, 35, was ordered to undergo the evaluation after pleading not guilty to kidnapping and murder, claiming he heard voices. He was later found fit to stand trial.
Bazile told the Associated Press that he was investigating whether Aron's mental disorders were severe enough to win in court with an argument of "not guilty by reason of mental disease or mental defect threshold."
Aron was arrested in July for the kidnapping and killing of 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky. The boy had stopped to ask him directions to a Jewish book store.
According to the Associated Press, psychiatrists reported that since the arrest, Aron has had bad dreams and trouble "'realizing what happened."
He is expected back in court October 14.
With the Associated Press