ABC 7 is reporting that Gerard Marrone, co-counsel for accused killer Levi Aron, abruptly resigned yesterday as Aron’s lawyer.
Marrone, who has a son close in age to 8-year-old victim Leiby Kletzky, told ABC that he could no longer “in good conscience,” defend Aron.
From ABC 7:
“The allegations were too horrific, and it’s not something I wanted to be involved in,” he told Eyewitness News. “I have three boys. One of my sons is seven. I looked at my own children and there are no words. You see the victim and you feel so sad.”
Marrone admitted there was a time earlier this week when he cried over Kletzky’s death. Marrone is an experienced defense attorney, who is also a former amateur boxer.
Aron’s former lawyer told reporters that accounts of Leiby Kletzky’s final hours had taken a profound spiritual toll on him and led him to question past beliefs about “the divinity of human beings.”
Marrone said that he would be more candid about his experience representing Aron after the case had concluded.
Marrone and co-counsel Pierre Bazile suggested earlier this week that Levi Aron was schizophrenic, telling the press that their client hears voices. They mentioned that they were considering an insanity defense, a statement Bazile began to back away from yesterday afternoon.
Residents of Borough Park told ABC that they thought “an insanity plea would be an injustice.”
ABC 7’s full report can be seen in the video above.