NEW YORK (AP) — Etan Patz’s (AY’-tahn paytses) father believed for years he knew who killed his 6-year-old son on the way to school in 1979, and it wasn’t the man whose trial he was about to endure.
But after hearing every word of nearly three months of testimony, Stan Patz became sure that Pedro Hernandez kidnapped and killed Etan — even if the jury wasn’t.
A hung jury spurred a mistrial Friday. But Patz says he hopes there will be a retrial. He says through listening to the case he became convinced that Hernandez was guilty.
The 54-year-old New Jersey man confessed to the crime in 2012 after police questioned him on a tip. His lawyers say he is mentally ill and not guilty.
Eleven jurors voted to convict him. The lone holdout said he couldn’t find enough evidence.