NEW YORK – A defense lawyer has accused the government of panicking to paste together a crumbling case against a New York police officer accused of plotting to kill and eat women.
Attorney Julia Gatto made the claim Monday. She argues that a judge should suppress new evidence offered by prosecutors against her client, Officer Gilberto Valle (VAL'-ee).
The government says it has proof from a cellphone tower that Valle was near a Queens high school where one of eight intended victims was a student. It claims he was conducting surveillance there last May.
Gatto told a federal judge presiding over jury selection that the cellphone data was from a Saturday.
She says Valle graduated from the same high school.
A New Jersey man charged in the case will be tried separately.