1979 Etan Patz Murder Mistrial

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1979 Etan Patz Murder Mistrial


Post by Addie » Fri May 08, 2015 8:21 pm

Associated Press

11 to 1: Etan Patz jurors nearly unanimous in guilty verdict

NEW YORK (AP) — After 18 days of deliberations that included lengthy testimony read back, dozens of pieces of evidence and a computer spreadsheet to keep it all straight, the jury in the 1979 disappearance of Etan Patz surrendered in an agonizing stalemate: 11-1.

The holdout says he just couldn't be convinced of a former stock clerk's confession to choking the 6-year-old and dumping his body a few blocks away.

"I couldn't get there," Adam Sirois, juror No. 11, said Friday after the judge declared a mistrial in Pedro Hernandez's murder trial. Sirois said Hernandez's mental health history "was a huge part of this case," and he couldn't stop wondering about the roughly seven hours police questioned him before administering his Miranda rights and turning on a video camera.

Hernandez, 54, of Maple Shade, New Jersey, confessed in 2012 to killing Etan, a case that has confounded authorities for decades. He said he lured the first-grader to the basement with a promise of a soda, where he choked him and then dumped the body a few blocks away. His lawyers said Hernandez is mentally ill and the confession was fiction. They blamed another longtime suspect. ...

Many of the jurors encouraged prosecutors to retry the case. A hearing was set for June 10.

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