Jury in case of missing boy Etan Patz asks to view evidence
NEW YORK (AP) — Jurors deliberating in the New York City murder trial of a man accused of kidnapping and killing 6-year-old Etan Patz (AY’-tahn payts) in 1979 have asked to review a confession and other evidence.
Pedro Hernandez says he choked Etan in a convenience store basement after luring him there with the promise of a soda. He was a teenage stock clerk when the boy disappeared May 25, 1979.
On Friday, jurors asked to see a missing-person’s poster shown to Hernandez at the police station before he confessed. They have also requested the videotaped confession and some witness statements.
His lawyer says the confession was imaginary and his client is mentally ill. Prosecutors say the confession is sound.
Etan’s body was never found.
Jurors began deliberating Wednesday after 10 weeks of testimony.
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