Thursday, April 16, 2015

Pedro Hernandez: New York City; No verdict yet in murder case stemming from 6-year-old Etan Patz 1979 disappearance; Defense attorneys say Hernandez's confession was coerced, and that the 54-year-old man is mentally ill, intellectually disabled and suffers hallucinations. No forensic evidence was presented, and Hernandez did not take the witness stand. Patz has never been found. Defense attorneys put blame on Jose Ramos, who dated a Patz family babysitter and was long considered the prime suspect. Ramos is serving a prison term for sexually abusing boys. Reuters;


STORY: "No verdict yet in NYC murder case stemming from 1979 appearance," by reporter
"The jury in the trial of a former New York deli worker accused of kidnapping and murdering 6-year-old Etan Patz in 1979 adjourned without a verdict on Thursday after a second day of deliberations. In a case that first raised national awareness of the issue of missing and abducted children, Pedro Hernandez confessed to police in 2012 that he had choked the boy, stuffed him in a box and left him in a lower Manhattan alley.  The boy's picture was one of the first to appear on milk cartons in a national campaign to locate children who had disappeared. Defense attorneys say Hernandez's confession was coerced, and that the 54-year-old man is mentally ill, intellectually disabled and suffers hallucinations......... The panel heard dozens of witnesses in testimony that began in late January. No forensic evidence was presented, and Hernandez did not take the witness stand. Patz has never been found. He was declared dead in 2001. ........The crime has long haunted New Yorkers who can recall the massive search for the small, blond boy. In a confession videotaped by police and played in court, Hernandez described luring Patz into the delicatessen where he worked, taking him to the basement and strangling him.........Defense attorneys put blame on Jose Ramos, who dated a Patz family babysitter and was long considered the prime suspect. Ramos is serving a prison term for sexually abusing boys."

The entire story can be found at: 

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/04/16/us-usa-crime-patz-idUSKBN0N72PS20150416

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