Etan Patz

Judge won't toss murder conviction in 1979 missing-boy case

A judge on Thursday refused to throw out the murder conviction of a man in an infamous 1979 missing-child case and scheduled his sentencing.

Jurors who were unable to reach a verdict in the man's first trial on whether he killed 6-year-old Etan Patz have been a constant presence throughout his retrial, and they were again on Thursday, at a hearing to determine whether their attendance could have poisoned the second jury before it voted to convict him.

Four members of the first jury plus an alternate sat in the audience for the brief hearing. Among them was the lone holdout who refused to convict Maple Shade, New Jersey, resident Pedro Hernandez in 2015 in one of the nation's...

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