NEW YORK (AP) — A man accused of kidnapping and killing an 8-year-old boy who asked him for directions was ordered today to undergo a psychological evaluation after his lawyer told a judge that his client might be mentally ill.
"He has indicated to me that he hears voices and has had some hallucinations," attorney Pierre Bazile said.
Levi Aron is charged with luring Leiby Kletzky to his home on Monday, and then smothering him and chopping him up when he learned that a search was under way for the missing Brooklyn boy. Detectives found the child's feet in Aron's freezer.
The 35-year-old Aron pleaded not guilty this afternoon at his arraignment at a Brooklyn courthouse. He entered the courtroom looking disheveled and pale.
As he was led out from the courthouse holding pens, other inmates screamed obscenities at him.