Prosecutors launch 2nd bid for conviction in Etan Patz death
NEWYORK— Prosecut ors on Wednesday launched their second bid for a conviction in one of the nation’s most influential missing-child cases, the 1979 disappearance of Etan Patz.
After a jury deadlocked last year, suspect Pedro Hernandez is back on trial in a case that frustrated investigators for decades, ratcheted up Americans’ consciousness of missing children and now centers on whether a chilling confession was true.
Prosecutors say Hernandez, 55, hid a brutal secret for more than 30 years. His lawyers say he’s mentally ill and falsely confessed to waylaying and killing Etan as he walked to his school bus stop on May 25, 1979.
It was the first day his mother granted her 6year-old’s wish to make the two-block walk by himself.