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Jury selection in Pedro Hernandez retrial set for Sept. 12

Jury selection for Pedro Hernandez's retrial in the

Jury selection for Pedro Hernandez's retrial in the Etan Patz case begins in September. Nov. 15, 2012 Credit: AP / Louis Lanzano

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.

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.


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