Full updated report: A grand jury has indicted Levi Aron and charged him with two counts of first-degree murder in the case of Leiby Kletzky z”l.
Aron faces up to life in prison without possibility of parole if convicted, Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes (pictured) announced this evening. Aron’s arraignment is scheduled for July 28.
The eight-count indictment also includes a first-degree kidnapping charge.
Leiby’s death has been ruled a homicide and, according to the Medical Examiner. He was killed from intoxication followed by smothering.
Hynes said that Kletzky was given Cyclobenzaprine, a muscle relaxant; quetiapine, an anti-psychotic drug; and hydrocodone before Aron used a towel to smother the child.
Police also confirmed that they found a variety of pills in Aron’s apartment.
Police have confirmed that last Monday night, Aron drove young Kletzky to upstate Monsey, where he attended a wedding while the boy stayed in the car. Then they went back to Brooklyn, authorities said. The boy stayed in Aron’s apartment Monday night and all day Tuesday while Aron went to work.
Chief Police Spokesman Paul Browne said Leiby was killed either late last Tuesday afternoon or early Tuesday evening. That means he was likely alive for about a day after he disappeared.
Investigators spent a week straight at Aron’s home in Kensington, pulling out every piece of evidence imaginable, even digging up the backyard. Crime scene detectives will still be at Aron’s home removing evidence for the next couple of days.
Some of the boxes removed from Aron’s home contained a sizable quantity of other children’s clothing. Police will also be digging up Aron’s backyard again to see if there is anything that leads to other missing children.
Aron is being held in a psychiatric ward at Bellevue Hospital under tight security. His attorneys met with him for about two and a half hours on Tuesday and said their focus is on their client’s mental state. They are also seemingly already laying the groundwork for an insanity defense.
“All we can say at this time without going into specifics upon talking to him for quite some time is that there’s a severe diminished capacity,” said Gerard Marrone, one of Aron’s defense attorneys.
Marrone said his client still hears voices, and is trying to use loud music to drown them out.
Outside the Kletzky home, word of the gruesome news began to spread along with disbelief.