A federal judge says he'll decide by Monday whether to let jurors see shocking pictures found on the computer of a police officer charged with plotting to kidnap, kill and at his victims. NY1's Dean Meminger filed the following report.
Federal prosecutors say a woman in a red bikini, shown in video soaking in a swimming pool, was a target of an NYPD officer who wanted to kidnap, torture, rape and cook her.
The U.S. Attorney's office said that Gilberto Valle sent videos and pictures to others he plotted with to victimize and cannibalize women he knew.
Much more disturbing pictures and images were shown in court Friday, depicting women being viciously attacked, sexually assaulted and even roasted over a fire.
Prosecutors said that hundreds of these images were automatically stored on Valle's computers after he visited sadistic websites.
Jurors didn't see them because the judge wants to determine if Valle actually saw them himself.
Stephen Flatley, a FBI computer forensic examiner, told the court it was highly unlikely that Valle didn't see them.
Flatley described some of the images in court.
"Several images of women being tortured...dead bodies," Flatley said. "A plate of yellow rice with feet on it that had been detached. A naked woman chained upside down being burned by a torch."
The defense argued that there's no way to be certain that Valle actually saw the pictures.
The judge said he'll rule on Monday if jurors will get a chance to see them.
Earlier in the day, the lead FBI agent on the case, Anthony Foto, testified.
He said that after Valle was arrested, the officer "claimed that he would not have gone through with it."
"He said he didn't enjoy it and did not know why he was doing it," Foto said.
Foto also testified that Valle said the activity "started to bleed into his personal life."
On Monday the agent will be back on the stand trying to convince jurors that Valle wasn't just fantasizing and that he really intended to go through with his plans.