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Trial Underway For Nanny Accused In Grisly Upper West Side Killings

The Defense Claims ‘Insanity,’ Prosecutors Say That’s Not The Case

March 01, 2018 - 7:15 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- It's been five years since a nanny stabbed to death two children she was caring for on the Upper West Side. On Thursday, her trial finally began.

Beginning with their opening statement Thursday morning, the defense will try to prove that Yoselyn Ortega was insane at the time she stabbed two-year-old Leo and six-year-old LuLu Krim to death inside their family's multi-million dollar home off of Central Park West in October of 2012. Ortega survived the incident in which she allegedly slit her own throat.

The defense claims Ortega heard voices, suffered from depression, experienced hallucinations, and lacked the capacity to know what she was doing.

The prosecution said they have proof that Ortega is sane, and that she killed the kids as revenge against the Krim family for not paying her enough. Assistant District Attorney Stuart Silberg called it the slaughter of two innocent children.

Silberg said Ortega understood the consequences of her actions. That's a key factor in trying to mount an insanity defense.

Marina Krim didn't wait to address the jury. She entered the courtroom as the first witness and turned quickly to address the woman accused of murdering her children.

"I just need a good look at you," she said to Ortega, before turning to the judge and adding, "because she is a liar."

Between tears and deep breaths Krim recalled the day in 2012 when she returned to the family's Upper West Side apartment to find two of her children dead in the bathtub. She said there was blood all over, and she saw Ortega -- their nanny of two years -- standing there, she said her eyes were bugging out.

At the lunch break Krim left the witness stand and said to Ortega 'you are gross, you are disgusting.'

Marina and Kevin Krim took to Facebook last week to discuss the case.

"The criminal trial in our case is getting started and over the next few months the story of Lulu and Leo and our whole family will be painfully in the news again," Kevin said.

If the Krims had hoped the trial would be a speedy one, that will not be the case. Prosecutors expect the case to take at least 15 weeks.

Ortega has been found mentally fit to stand trial.