NYPD officer Gilberto Valle is accused of plotting to cook and eat women. (Photo: Newsday)
NEW YORK (AP) - Prosecutors say a New York City police officer illegally used a police laptop in his patrol car to look up information on three women he is accused of targeting in a cannibalism conspiracy.
The government elicited information Friday from police department witnesses about Officer Gilberto Valle's use of a national crime database.
The testimony came as the government winds down its case against the 28-year-old officer. Valle is charged with conspiring to kidnap, kill and eat six women he knew, including his wife. If convicted, he could face life in prison.
Defense lawyers are expected to call witnesses next week to support their argument that Valle never intended to harm anyone and was indulging only in Internet fantasies.
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