Photo gallery: Cannibal cop Gilberto Valle on trial

Gilberto Valle, a 28-year-old New York Police Department officer, is charged with conspiracy to kidnap women that he then planned to torture to death, cook and eat.

The horrific allegations have riveted New York and on Thursday his lawyers and prosecutors were due to make closing arguments ahead of the case being handed over to the jury. If convicted, Valle could be sentenced to as much as life in prison.