Manhattan D. A. Wants to Retry 1979 Missing Boy Case

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One of the top prosecutors on Monday said that he plans to re-try the Etan Patz murder case that ended in a mistrial earlier this month after 12-person jury informed that a judge for the third time they could not reach a unanimous decision on whether 54-year-old Pedro Hernandez killed the 6-year-old boy in 1979.

Cy Vance, Manhattan District Attorney, made the comments on MSNBC’s “The Cycle.”

He said that he intended to officially announce plans to re-try the case in the court in the month of June. When there was a final deadlock,  11 jury members believed that Hernandez had kidnapped and killed Patz in SoHo as the boy headed to school.

Only one junior said that he couldn’t overcome reasonable doubt, pointing out Hernandez’s documented mental health issues, the bizarre nature of Hernandez’s confession to police and concerns about how that confession was obtained.

Vance said Monday, “I think the evidence put in by our prosecutors was clear and compelling. It is a challenging case, I have never said otherwise, but it is a case we believe should be prosecuted. That’s why we did, and in our system, it happens from time to time that jurors cannot be unanimous and this was one of those cases.”

Furthermore, Harvey Fishbein, Hernandez’s defense attorney, told NBC 4 New York said on Monday, “I have not received any official notification, but if the D.A.’s office elects to retry the case, I assure you we will be read… MORE

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