Columbus Woman Tied To NY Cannibalism Trial
Prosecutors in New York said three women were targeted as part of a New York police officer’s alleged plan to kidnap, kill and eat women.
One of the women considered an alleged target works in the Columbus City Prosecutor’s Office.
Andria Noble, 27, of Columbus testified earlier this week that she never knew New York Police Officer Gilberto Valle to be violent when they both attended the University of Maryland.
According to a criminal complaint obtained by 10TV News, Valle sent numerous emails about torture and cannibalism schemes.
In one email, he allegedly wrote, ‘I was thinking of tying her body onto some kind of apparatus, cook her over low heat, keep her alive as long as possible.”
The defense attorney, Robert Baum, directed an FBI agent Thursday morning to what he portrayed as arbitrary decisions by investigators about whether various online chats were real or fantasy.
Baum highlighted the fact that two nearly identical Internet exchanges between Officer Valle and alleged co-conspirators were classified by the FBI differently. One was considered to be criminal evidence; the other wasn't.
Prosecutors say that Gilberto, a husband and a father, used law enforcement databases and fetish chat rooms to dream up plots to torture women and then cook and eat them.
Valle has been held without bail since his October arrest on charges of conspiring to kidnap women, including his wife, and illegally accessing a law enforcement database.
No women were ever physically harmed.
If convicted, he could be sentenced to life in prison.