Pedro Hernandez found guilty in Etan Patz murder

Feb 15, 2017, 00:38
Pedro Hernandez found guilty in Etan Patz murder

A Manhattan jury on Tuesday found Pedro Hernandez guilty in the killing of 6-year-old Etan Patz, bringing to a conclusion one aspect of a four-decade-long murder mystery.

Hernandez, 56, showed no reaction as jurors delivered their verdict, The Associated Press reported. Another jury deliberated for 18 days before deadlocking in 2015.

Hernandez's defense attorneys said at the trial that Hernandez is mentally ill and the confessions were coerced. His body has never been found.

In his second trial, a New York City man has been found guilty for the murder and kidnapping of Etan Patz - the boy whose photo on a milk carton launched a national campaign to find missing kids.

"For me, his confession was very weird", Sirois said after the mistrial, according to the New York Times.

Tuesday in court, Etan's father, Stan openly wept as the verdict was read, and was comforted by some jurors from the last trial - some also in tears - who came to hear the verdict.

A group of the vote-to-convict jurors had been attending the retrial daily.

"And, ultimately, kind of heartbreaking", he said.

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Etan Patz had vanished while walking to a school bus stop on his own for the first time in the Soho neighbourhood of lower Manhattan on 25 May 1979.

"In the end, we don't believe this will resolve the story of what happened to Etan back in 1979", Fishbein said. His face was one of the first to ever appear on a milk carton.

And his disappearance helped tilt parenting to more protectiveness in a nation where many families had felt comfortable letting children play and roam alone.

After almost 40 years, Etan Patz, who was kidnapped and murdered back in 1979, has finally received justice!

Hernandez told police he killed Etan in the store's basement by strangling him. His ex-wife and a neighbor later said he'd also made similar statements to them.

At the center of the prosecution's case against Hernandez were the several hours of videotaped confessions he gave to police, in which he described how he choked the child, placed his limp body in a plastic bag, threw him in a box and dumped him in a garbage heap a couple of blocks away. But in 2012, they turned their attention to Hernandez after his brother-in-law informed police about his possible involvement. He said he'd wanted to tell someone, "but I didn't know how to do it". But he never confessed and was never prosecuted. A defense psychiatrist diagnosed Hernandez, 55, with schizotypal personality disorder; symptoms can include delusions, which Hernandez's family says he has had.

But prosecutors suggested Hernandez faked or exaggerated his symptoms.

For many years, investigators believed that another suspect, convicted pedophile Jose Ramos, was behind Patz's kidnapping.