Friday, July 15, 2011

Accused Brooklyn Killer Had Memphis Ties

Levi Aron, who is charged with the murder of 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky in Brooklyn on Monday, had recently lived in Memphis. The case has rocked the Orthodox community in Brooklyn, as both the victim and the accused are part of the community.

Kletzky was walking home from day camp and asked Aron for directions. His dismembered body was found on Wednesday morning. According to media reports, Aron showed up for work on Tuesday at Empire State Building Supply as if nothing had happened.

Aron married in 2004 and was divorced within a year. In 2005, he met Debbie Kivel on a Jewish matchmaking site and moved to Tennessee to be with her. They married, and he worked as a security guard, and as a butcher in the kosher deli at the Kroger in Germantown.

In 2006, Kivel filed a protective order against him, and they divorced later that year. He returned to Brooklyn.

Yesterday, Aron was ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. He pleaded not guilty to the crime, but police say he has confessed.