- (Reuters/Shannon Stapleton)
Leiby Kletzky’s self-confessed killer, Levi Aron, had evidence against him put before a grand jury in New York Friday.
Prosecutors have begun presenting evidence in the case in Brooklyn. However, they have declined to say whether they believe an indictment will be returned.
Aron is currently being held without bail on charges of kidnapping and first-degree murder. He has been placed on suicide watch, and has been told to undergo a psychiatric exam after he said he could hear voices in his head.
Prosecutors say Aron was approached by Kletzky after the 8-year-old had left a day camp to walk to meet his mother. It was the first time the boy had been allowed to walk from day camp alone.
After the young boy did not arrive at the agreed meeting place, his mother sparked a mass search for her son which ultimately was to end in shocking tragedy.
By early Wednesday, police had discovered some of Kletzky's dismembered body parts in Aron's refrigerator and other body parts in a dumpster in Sunset Park.
It was surveillance footage that eventually led investigators to find out what had happened to Kletzky. The crucial evidence was actually found by a local Brooklyn resident, Yaakov German.
German’s son was a teacher at the day camp Kletzky was attending, and upon hearing that the boy was missing, he launched his own investigations.
It was revealed that although Kletzky walked along 44th Street as he was supposed to, he did not turn onto 13th Avenue to meet his mother as he was supposed to. Evidence found by German from a convenience store camera shows that the young boy missed that turn.
"I saw the image with the knapsack, with the two-toned shirt. That was Leiby," German told NY1.
He explained in an interview with NY1 that he went to 30 other homes and businesses along 44th Street asking to see their surveillance tapes. Some refused, but at a limo company three blocks away, he found video showing Kletzky getting into a man's car.
"We see somebody open the door, the kid goes in, closing the door, a gold car. We see the other camera showing him going to the front of the car, getting into his seat and his car going out," German said.
Those images also revealed the mystery man had visited a dental surgery nearby. Police investigators went to the dentist office and inquiries revealed the man was Aron.
That evidence eventually led to the horrifying discovery of Leiby Kletzky’s body.
Levi Aron is currently undergoing psychiatric tests, and he is due back in court on July 28.