FBI agent: NY officer said after arrest that cannibalism interest was destroying personal life

The trial of a New York police officer accused of conspiring to kill and eat his wife and other women he knew will enter its second week with prosecutors set to conclude presenting evidence.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Randall Jackson told a judge Friday that the government may rest as early as lunchtime on Monday with its case against Officer Gilberto Valle.

An FBI agent told the jury in federal court in Manhattan Friday that Valle said his online chats about cannibalism were ruining his personal life and his relationship with his wife. The agent quoted Valle as saying after his arrest in October that he would not have carried out any plots to kidnap, kill and eat women.

If convicted of conspiracy, Valle could be sentenced to life in prison.