NEW YORK (AP) - The government has finished presenting evidence to a jury hearing the case against a New York City police officer accused of conspiring to kidnap, kill and eat women.
Prosecutors rested their case Monday after showing jurors Internet images of torture and abuse of women that a witness said was found on the computer of Officer Gilberto Valle (VAL'-ee). A judge sent the jury home a few minutes early after prosecutors announced they reached the end of their case.
Valle's lawyers have asked the judge to acquit their client before a Manhattan federal court jury gets the case.
Valle is accused of plotting on the Internet to kidnap and kill at least six women he knows, including his wife. Defense lawyers say Valle was merely engaging in fetish-driven Internet role-play.