For­mer clerk con­victed in boy’s mur­der 38 years ago

Cape Breton Post - - WORLD -

NEW YORK — A for­mer store clerk was con­victed Tues­day of mur­der in one of the nation’s most haunt­ing miss­ing-child cases, the dis­ap­pear­ance of 6-year-old Etan Patz on the way to the school bus stop 38 years ago. Pe­dro Her­nan­dez showed no re­ac­tion as ju­rors de­liv­ered their ver­dict. A 2015 jury had dead­locked fol­low­ing 18 days of de­lib­er­a­tion, lead­ing to a re­trial that spanned more than three months. Her­nan­dez, who once worked in a con­ve­nience store in Etan’s neigh­bour­hood, had con­fessed, but his lawyers said his ad­mis­sions were the false imag­in­ings of a men­tally ill man. This time, the jury de­lib­er­ated over nine days be­fore find­ing Her­nan­dez, 56, guilty of mur­der dur­ing a kid­nap­ping, re­solv­ing a case that shaped both par­ent­ing and law en­force­ment prac­tices in the United States. “The Patz fam­ily has waited a long time, but we’ve fi­nally found some mea­sure of jus­tice for our won­der­ful lit­tle boy, Etan,” his fa­ther, Stan­ley Patz, said af­ter­ward, chok­ing up. “I’m re­ally grate­ful that this jury fi­nally came back with which I have known for a long time — that this man, Pe­dro Her­nan­dez, is guilty of do­ing some­thing re­ally ter­ri­ble so many years ago.”

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