No verdict after 4 days of Patz deliberations
A fourth day of jury deliberations ended without a verdict yesterday in the trial of former bodega stock boy Pedro Hernandez, who is accused of kidnapping and murdering 6-year-old Etan Patz in Soho in 1979.
Hernandez told police he did it in a now-disputed 2012 confession. In notes, jurors asked for a site plan of the alley where Hernandez said he left Etan, which was actually a bakery in 1979, and the weather report on the day the boy disappeared, which was at variance with Hernandez's description.
The defense contends Hernandez fantasized the crime in his confession due to a mental disorder. Jurors also asked for phone records of calls he made in 2012, when the NYPD dug up a Soho basement looking for Patz evidence, to a relative he had been living with in 1979. Prosecutors say the calls are a sign of guilt.
Deliberations are scheduled to resume today.
Fewer apartments up for sale, report says
Finding an available apartment to buy in Manhattan is becoming increasingly more difficult, according to a market report released today.
Real estate listing website StreetEasy's quarterly inventory report found there were 10,243 units on the market in the first quarter of 2015, the lowest number in five years. The number of available apartments shrunk 2.3 percent from the same period last year.
"With an already limited supply of listings, buyers should be ready for heavy competition and measured expectations for price discounts," StreetEasy data scientist Alan Lightfeldt said in a statement.
Low inventory led to higher prices, according to the report. Median sales prices in Manhattan jumped 2 percent from the fourth quarter of 2014 to about $946,000.
Despite the high prices, the real estate company said there is strong demand for Manhattan apartments this spring. Lightfeldt predicted that there would be a strong inventory growth in the second quarter.
Man charged in Web scam pleads not guilty
The suspected ringleader behind an international scheme has pleaded not guilty to taking over more than 1,000 StubHub accounts to buy tickets to sporting events and concerts, the Manhattan district attorney's office said.
Vadim Polyakov, 30, appeared in court yesterday. He was extradited Friday from Spain, where he was arrested last July at a Barcelona hotel.
The Russian national faces money laundering, grand larceny and other charges.
Prosecutors say Polyakov and others used victims' credit card information to access accounts of San Francisco-based StubHub. Authorities said they bought and resold 3,500 e-tickets to events such as Justin Timberlake concerts and the U.S. Open.
Polyakov's attorney said he's reviewing the charges.