NEW YORK (AP) -- A lawyer for a New York City police officer accused of plotting to kidnap, torture and devour women says it was all pure fantasy.

Defense attorney Julia Gatto told a Manhattan jury on Monday that it "can't convict people for their thoughts, even if they're sick."

Her remarks came during opening statements at the federal trial of Gilberto Valle (VAL'-ee).

Prosecutors plan to use e-mails and other evidence to show that the 28-year-old was a would-be killer. They say he even drew up a list of targets using a law enforcement database.

Defense witnesses are expected to describe how he lived in a secret, online fantasy world. The defense says participants role-play as cannibals, but never act on it.




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