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Manhattan district attorney plans to retry Etan Patz's suspected killer

Pedro Hernandez, right, appears in Manhattan criminal court

Pedro Hernandez, right, appears in Manhattan criminal court with his attorney Harvey Fishbein, in New York in 2012. Credit: AP / Louis Lanzano, Pool, File

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. on Monday said in an interview on MSNBC that he will definitely retry Pedro Hernandez, who was charged with the 1979 murder of Etan Patz.

A prosecutor from Vance's office signaled that there would be a retrial after the jury deadlocked earlier this month, but Vance had not previously made an announcement.

"The Etan Patz case, certainly, I intend to retry the case," he said. "I think it's a case that we believe should be prosecuted, that's why we did. In our system, it happens from time to time that jurors cannot be unanimous, and this was one of those cases."

Six-year-old Etan disappeared in 1979. Hernandez, 54, of Maple Shade, New Jersey, said he strangled the boy in a disputed 2012 confession. The first jury split 11-1 for conviction.

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