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Etan Patz jurors don’t reach verdict in 3rd day of deliberations

Pedro Hernandez appears in Manhattan criminal court in

Pedro Hernandez appears in Manhattan criminal court in New York on Nov. 15, 2012. Credit: AP / Louis Lanzano

The jury in the Etan Patz retrial on Monday completed its third full day of deliberations without a verdict on murder and kidnapping charges against former bodega clerk Pedro Hernandez in the notorious child disappearance case.

Hernandez, 54, of Maple Shade, New Jersey, is accused of luring six-year-old Etan into the basement of a SoHo bodega where he worked in 1979 and strangling the boy. Hernandez was fingered by a relative and confessed in 2012, but now contends the confession was the result of a mental disorder.

Since getting the case last week after a three-month trial, jurors have asked for legal instructions on issues relating to confessions and readbacks of testimony from several witnesses. The jury in Hernandez’s first trial in 2015 deadlocked 11-1 for conviction after deliberations lasting 17 days.

The jury is scheduled to resume deliberations on Tuesday.

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