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Suspect indicted in 1979 kidnapping, death of 6-year-old NYC boy Etan Patz

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A man authorities say confessed to the infamous 1979 disappearance of a 6-year-old boy from his New York City neighbourhood has been formally charged with murder and kidnapping, a major milestone in a case that has stymied investigators and Etan Patz’s devoted family for decades.

The indictment against Pedro Hernandez, 51, was made public Wednesday and sets up a potential showdown at trial over whether prosecutors can convince a jury that his claim that he strangled the boy ā€” a secret kept for more than 30 years ā€” is credible.

The suspect’s attorney has argued that Hernandez is mentally ill and prone to hallucinations, and his confession can’t be trusted.

via Suspect indicted in 1979 kidnapping, death of 6-year-old NYC boy Etan Patz.

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Written by edparnell

November 15, 2012 at 12:09 am

Posted in Crime, News

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