A judge in Manhattan on Wednesday set Sept. 12 for the start of jury selection in the retrial of Pedro Hernandez in the 1979 disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz.

The first trial of Hernandez on murder and kidnapping charges in the notorious unsolved child abduction case ended with a hung jury last year.

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Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Maxwell Wiley had previously said jury selection, which is expected to take weeks, would start shortly after Labor Day, but had not set a specific date.

Hernandez, 55, of Maple Shade, New Jersey, confessed to the crime in 2012 after police were tipped off by a relative, but the defense contends he fantasized committing the crime because of a mental disorder.

He has been in custody since 2012. The first jury in the case deadlocked 11-1, with the majority favoring conviction.