Mayor Michael Bloomberg visited the family of Leiby Kletzky, the eight-year-old Brooklyn boy killed and dismembered last week, along with Police Commissioner Ray Kelly Monday. NY1’s Dean Meminger filed the following report.
With a solemn face, Mayor Michael Bloomberg visited the Kletsky family in Borough Park as they continued to mourn their eight-year-old son Lieby.
"The commissioner and I expressed our condolences to parents, grandparents and siblings, and there is not a lot else we can say,” said Bloomberg. “I don't know why God sometimes does some things."
Levi Aron is charged with kidnapping the boy, murdering him and dismembering the body.
The New York City Police Department’s crime scene unit was back at Aron's home on East 2nd street Monday, continuing to gather evidence.
"The investigation is continuing to go forward,” said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. “Obviously any information we get will go to the district attorney."
Defense lawyers for Aron spent about two and a half hours with him inside the psychiatric ward at Bellevue Hospital. They said their client seems mentally unstable.
“He’s been hearing voices for quite some time,” said Gerard Marrone, one of the defense attorneys. “He tries to quell some of 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.”
They lawyers said they are waiting for police and the Brooklyn district attorney to give them the written confession officials said Aron made about the crime. They also want the results of court-ordered psychiatric examinations.
"We are going to have independent experts of our own choosing examining him, as well," said Pierre Bazile, the other defense attorney representing Aron.
Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind said no matter the mental state of the defendant, the facts of the case are clear.
"A lot of people say he looked a little odd, a little weird,” said Hikind. “A lot of us look odd and weird. That doesn't mean we are capable of smothering an eight-year-old. Let's keep in mind this 35-year-old adult picked up an eight-year-old child. What was he going to do with that child?"