"Jurors finished a 17th day of marathon deliberations on Thursday without reaching a verdict in the murder trial of a man who confessed to strangling Etan Patz more than three decades ago.........The panel was set to return to court on Friday for an 18th day of deliberations......... The deliberations are believed to be among the longest in New York state criminal court history, said David Bookstaver, a spokesman for the state Office of Court Administration. The agency does not keep records on the length of jury deliberations. Bookstaver said the only deliberations that come close in the past three decades were are the 12 days it took jurors in 1987 to find three white men guilty of manslaughter in the racially charged Howard Beach killing. In that case, a small group of black men walking into predominantly white Howard Beach, a neighborhood in New York City's Queens borough, were confronted, then chased by a group of white men. One of the black men ran onto a busy highway and was struck and killed by a car."