Suspect indicted as authorities say slain boy was drugged, smothered
New York (CNN) -- A grand jury indicted Levi Aron on Wednesday as authorities revealed new details about the death of the 8-year-old boy he is accused of kidnapping and killing last week.
The grand jury indicted Aron, 35, on eight counts, including two of felony murder in the first degree, which carries a maximum sentence of life without parole, Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes announced.
Hynes had said he would ask a grand jury for the "maximum charges permitted by law" for "the vicious and callous murder and dismemberment of 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky."
Earlier Wednesday, New York City's chief medical examiner announced that Kletzky died after being drugged and then smothered.
Kletzky disappeared July 11 while walking home alone from his summer day camp. Police located human remains in Aron's freezer during a search of the Brooklyn neighborhood, as well as in a trash bin. Both Aron and Kletzky are members of the borough's close-knit Orthodox Jewish community, although police say it doesn't appear that they knew each other.
Aron, who was being held without bail, did not enter a plea at his arraignment last week. He is under a suicide watch at the jail. A mental evaluation that his attorneys asked be conducted on their client has been completed but the results have not been released, said attorney Gerard Marrone.
New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said last week that Aron told authorities he was sorry for the trouble he has caused. Statements made by the suspect indicated that he kidnapped Kletzky and, as the neighborhood search for the boy intensified, he panicked and killed him, Kelly said.
Defense attorneys Marrone and Pierre Bazile say Aron has said he hears voices and hallucinates.
"He's been hearing voices for quite some time," Marrone told reporters at a news conference Monday, adding that his client tries to silence the voices by listening to music. "He listens to it with earphones and he listens to it very loud, and that helps him quell some of his voices."
"I have sincerest concerns about the defendant's mental state and his cognitive abilities," Bazile said Wednesday.
Kelly called the case "heartbreaking."
"Obviously in this business you see a lot of violence, but there's usually some sort of irrational twisted logic that's given to why a violent event took place," Kelly said in a news conference last week.
"Here, I mean, it's just, it defies all logic and I think that's what's really so, so terribly disturbing about this case. There's absolutely no reason. There's nothing more innocent than an 8-year-old child and to be, you know, killed in this manner it's just ... heartbreaking."
On the day he disappeared, Kletzky was supposed to meet his parents after walking seven blocks from his summer day camp, but he became lost and asked the suspect for directions, Kelly said.
Surveillance video showed Aron entering a dentist's office while Kletzky waited for him across the street for seven minutes, Kelly said.
Aron claims he took Kletzky to a wedding July 11 in Monsey, New York, and then brought him back, Kelly said. Police said Aron went to the wedding, but they have not been able to confirm that Kletzky went with him, as no one has said they saw him.
According to Kelly, police showed up at Aron's third-floor attic apartment at 2:40 a.m. July 13 and asked him about Kletzky's whereabouts. The suspect pointed them to the kitchen, where blood was visible on the freezer handle. Inside the refrigerator was a cutting board with three blood-spattered carving knives, Kelly said.
Remains were found in Aron's freezer and in a trash bin more than two miles away, wrapped in a black plastic garbage bag inside a suitcase, Kelly said.