NEW YORK (Reuters) – The New York City cop on trial for plotting to kidnap, cook and eat women shed tears on Tuesday as his attorneys rested their case after one day.
“Just knowing that we’ve finally come to the conclusion (of the trial) and that his fate is in the jury’s hands” made Officer Gilberto Valle emotional, attorney Robert Baum said after court ended.
“That’s a huge weight for someone to bear,” Baum said.
Closing arguments were scheduled for early on Thursday.
Since the trial’s start last week, jurors have heard excerpts read aloud from dozens of Internet chats and emails in which Valle talked with others about murdering and eating women. Those women included his estranged wife, Kathleen Mangan-Valle.
Out of two dozen plots involving women, at least three were real, prosecutors contended.
Defense lawyers said their client’s cyber-plots were “pure fiction,” no more dangerous than a Stephen King novel or a horror movie.
They concluded the defense case without calling Valle to the witness stand or noted forensic psychiatrist Park Dietz, who interviewed the cannibalistic serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer.
Earlier on Tuesday, defense attorneys showed jurors a video tour