The second trial of Pedro Hernandez in the May 1979 disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz could begin as soon as Wednesday, State Supreme Court Justice Maxwell Wiley said.
Hernandez’s 10-week trial in 2015ended with a hung jury, in which jurors voted 11-1 to convict him after 18 days of deliberation.
After a tip surfaced in 2012, Hernandez was arrested and confessed on videotape to killing Patz after luring him into the basement of the SoHo bodega where he worked by offering him a soda. Hernandez, a teenager at the time, said that he choked the boy and disposed of his body two blocks away. Patz’s remains were never found.
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Hernandez’s lawyers said that he has mental issues, and he was diagnosed with schizotypal personality disorder by a defense psychiatrist.
Twelve jurors have been seated for the retrial, NY1 reported. The selection of six alternates began Tuesday.