Court Papers Tell Chilling Tale of Brooklyn Boy's Death

'I'm famous,' Levi Aron told cops
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 5, 2011 9:34 AM CDT
Levi Aron Suspect Judged Fit to Stand Trial for Murder of Leiby Kletzky
Levi Aron is arraigned in Brooklyn criminal court, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011 in New York.    (AP Photo/Jesse Ward, Pool)

(Newser) – The Brooklyn man accused of murdering and dismembering 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky has been declared fit to stand trial. Court papers made public yesterday include Levi Aron's own chilling description of how he kidnapped, killed, and butchered the little boy who got lost on the way home from summer camp and asked him for help, the New York Times reports. The 35-year-old pleaded not guilty at yesterday's hearing and his lawyers say they are still considering an insanity defense.

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Aron told detectives that the boy put up a struggle and he heard voices urging him "to take his own life for what he did," according to court papers. "I'm famous," he told police at one point in the interrogation. He recounted how he was groped on a subway train as a teenager, but said "I never did that to a child because I don't swing that way." The district attorney said he would "expeditiously" bring the case to trial. "There are absolutely no circumstances which would lead me to accept a plea bargain," he told reporters. (Read more Levi Aron stories.)

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