Feb 8, 2013 1:13 PM by Posted by Bill Folsom

Cannibalism plot trial makes potential jurors squirm

NEW YORK (AP) - Potential jurors are giving looks of surprise as a judge tells them about the evidence against a New York City police officer accused of plotting to kill and eat women.

Some among the 100 prospective jurors furrowed their brows Friday as federal Judge Paul Gardephe (GAHR'-duh-fee) described the criminal conspiracy case against Officer Gilberto Valle (VAL'-ee). A few prospective jurors scowled.

Gardephe told them the trial will include discussion of sexually violent and sexually deviant conduct. Jurors then began filling out questionnaires that included an exhibit with color photographs. One of them depicted a nude woman hogtied.

Valle buttoned his gray suit just before he was introduced to prospective jurors. Oral questioning of potential jurors will start Monday, with opening statements scheduled to begin Feb. 25.


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