Fred Mogul, Reporter, WNYC News
Fred Mogul has been covering healthcare and medicine for WNYC since 2002.
Defense attorneys for a New York City man charged with abducting and killing an 8-year-old boy said on Monday that his confession was coerced.
At a hearing in state Supreme Court in Brooklyn, they said authorities told accused killer Levi Aron what to write down, and said he is not sane enough to be aware of his actions.
Aron, 35, pleaded not guilty in the death of Leiby Kletzy.
Aron's attorney, Howard Greenberg, said they intend to prove their client is not guilty by reason of insanity. "It's really a very simple case: either Levi Aron is evil or he's crazy," Greenberg said. "And we intend to prove he's not guilty by reason of insanity."
Leiby went missing July 11 while walking home from day camp.
Prosecutors say the boy was killed after he met Aron on the street and asked for help. They added Aron admitted to killing the boy after he panicked when he saw posters with the child's photo.
Authorities also said Aron smothered the boy to death and then dismembered him.
Greenberg said, "People who are now thirsting for Levi Aron's blood might find solace in the fact that if that is the outcome [not guilty by reason of insanity], he'll spend the rest of his life, never to see the light of day, in any asylum."