Etan Patz - The Face on the Milk Carton

Defense wants potatoes to be evidence in Etan Patz trial


This undated photo provided by the New York County District Attorney’s Office, shows an unidentified young boy crouching in a produce box, which prosecutors showed to the jury during Perdo Hernandez’s murder trial Friday, March 6, 2015. The photo was intended to show how Etan Patz's body would have fit into such a box. Hernandez is on trial for 1979 murder of Patz. (AP Photo/New York County District Attorney’s Office, Laura Badger)

This undated photo provided by the New York County District Attorney’s Office, shows an unidentified young boy crouching in a produce box, which prosecutors showed to the jury during Perdo Hernandez’s murder trial Friday, March 6, 2015. The photo was intended to show how Etan Patz’s body would have fit into such a box. Hernandez is on trial for 1979 murder of Patz. (AP Photo/New York County District Attorney’s Office, Laura Badger)

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City judge is considering whether bags of potatoes can be used as evidence in the trial of a man accused of killing 6-year-old Etan Patz (AY’-tahn payts) in 1979.

Pedro Hernandez confessed to police that he choked Etan in a convenience store basement. His lawyer has said Hernandez is mentally ill and falsely confessed.

Hernandez says he put the boy’s body in a box and walked a block with it.

His defense suggests that Hernandez was scrawny and couldn’t have carried a heavy box that far. They’re asking to bring in 50 pounds of potatoes and a produce box for jurors.

Prosecutors say Etan weighed far less, and the method isn’t scientific.

The judge says he’ll decide Thursday.

Etan’s disappearance helped galvanize the modern-day missing-children’s movement.

Source: AP

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