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Etan Patz jury deadlocked

Etan Patz, 6, disappeared on the morning of

Etan Patz, 6, disappeared on the morning of May 25, 1979, after leaving his SoHo apartment. Photo Credit: NYPD

The jury in the Etan Patz murder trial has reported that it is unable to reach a verdict on charges against Pedro Hernandez.

The news came in a note at 12:30 p.m. Supreme Court Justice Maxwell Wiley called them out and asked them to keep trying after refusing a defense request for a mistrial.

The jury is in its 10th full day of deliberations.

During his charge, Justice Wiley told jurors that defendant Pedro Hernandez was charged with three crimes in Etan's 1979 disappearance -- second-degree murder, kidnapping and a separate felony-murder count charging that the boy died while being kidnapped.

Etan vanished on his way to catch a school bus in SoHo. Hernandez told police in a now-disputed 2012 confession that as a teen working in a local bodega he lured the 6-year-old into the basement and strangled him.

The confession is the only evidence directly implicating Hernandez. Wiley told the jury it must find some corroborating evidence, apart from his words, that a crime was actually committed. Etan's body has never been found.


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