NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a New Jersey man must testify if he intends to claim he tried to warn authorities that a co-defendant wanted to kidnap, rape and kill women.
Prosecutors in Manhattan asked a judge Tuesday to block defense claims about statements Michael Vanhise (van-HYS') made to FBI agents.
They said if the defense wants the jury to hear that information, it should come directly from the defendant. If he does testify, he would be cross-examined by prosecutors.
Jury selection starts Feb. 24 for Vanhise and a former librarian at Manhattan's Stuyvesant (STY'-vuh-suhnt) High School.
Vanhise allegedly discussed violent topics online. He says he just wanted to gather information so law enforcers could make arrests.
The 23-year-old Trenton, N.J., resident has been held without bail since his January 2013 arrest.