Government poised to show jurors at NYC cannibalism trial death photos as it wraps up its case

Prosecutors at the cannibalism trial of a New York police officer want to show jurors pictures of dead and dismembered people as they wrap up their case, but defense lawyers are opposed.

The presentation Friday would include as many as 34 ghastly exhibits of images the government says it took from Officer Gilberto Valle's computer.

U.S. District Judge Paul Gardephe said he'll decide when the time comes whether jurors will see pictures of dead and mutilated women that defense lawyers say may have been saved on the 28-year-old officer's computer automatically without him ever seeing them when he went on certain web sites.

Valle has been held without bail since October when he was arrested on charges of conspiring to kidnap women in a cannibalism plot born on the Internet.