In this courthouse sketch, Gilbert Valle, reacts during his trial in federal court Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, in New York. Struggling to stay composed, the estranged wife of a New York City police officer testified Monday that she was shocked to find he had visited a website featuring a photo of a dead woman and other gruesome images ó a discovery that led to a federal prosecution accusing him of plotting to abduct, torture and eat dozens of women. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams)The Associated Press
In this courtroom sketch, Gilberto Valle is seen in federal court in New York, Monday, Feb 25, 2013. The wife of Valle, a New York City police officer, will testify at a federal trial to explain how she discovered that he was discussing kidnapping, killing and eating women. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams)The Associated Press
This undated photo submitted into evidence by Assistant Federal Defender Julia L. Gatto shows Gilberto Valle with his daughter. Valle is accused of conspiracy to kidnap a woman and unauthorized use of a law enforcement database that prosecutors say he used to help build a list of potential targets. Gatto tried to soften the image of her client by showing jurors pictures of a uniformed Valle and the coupleís 1-year-old daughter, a moment that caused the wife on the witness stand and eventually the officer at the defense table 30 feet away to cry out amid sobs. (AP Photo/Assistant Federal Defender Julia L. Gatto)The Associated Press
NEW YORK – Jurors at the trial of a New York police officer accused of plotting to kill and eat women have been introduced to another alleged target.
On Tuesday, Elizabeth Sauer became the third woman to testify at the trial of Officer Gilberto Valle (VAL'-ee). She's Valle's former college classmate.
Prosecutors say Valle used a law enforcement database to build files on women, including his wife, and that his plotting was real.
Valle's defense lawyer said in opening statements Monday that the government had evidence only that Valle sought out sadistic sexual fantasies on the Internet and that no women were in danger.
If convicted, Valle could be sentenced to life in prison.