Prose­cu­tors launch 2nd bid for con­vic­tion in Etan Patz death

Baltimore Sun - - NATION & WORLD -

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.

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