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No verdict in Etan Patz murder trial

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. Photo Credit: AP / Louis Lanzano, Pool, File

Day 16 of deliberations in the Etan Patz murder trial passed on Wednesday without a verdict, as jurors continued to struggle with charges against former grocery clerk Pedro Hernandez in the 35-year-old case.

The jury on Tuesday reported, for the second time, that it was deadlocked. Justice Maxwell Wiley ordered the panel to keep trying, but lawyers and court officials were surprised that there was not an outcome by the end of the day Wednesday.

Six-year-old Etan disappeared on his way to catch a school bus in Soho on May 25, 1979. Hernandez, 54, of Maple Shade, NJ, who was a teen working in a neighborhood bodega at the time, said in a disputed 2012 confession that he strangled the boy in the basement.

Deliberations in Manhattan Supreme Court are scheduled to resume on Thursday.

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