Etan Patz Jury Again Deadlocked After 3 Weeks

Judge: Keep deliberating
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted May 5, 2015 1:31 PM CDT
Etan Patz Jury Again Deadlocked After 3 Weeks
In this 2012 file photo, Pedro Hernandez appears in Manhattan criminal court in New York.   (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano, Pool, File)

"We the jury would like the court to know that after serious significant and thorough deliberations we remain unable to reach a unanimous decision," reads the note from the jury in the Etan Patz case, admitting today that for a second time in nearly three weeks of deliberations they were unable to reach consensus as to whether Pedro Hernandez is guilty in the 1979 kidnapping and murder of the 6-year-old New York City boy. The judge's response was the same this time, as the New York Times reports: Keep going. This despite a defense request for a mistrial, notes the AP. "This is a tired jury that says it can't reach a verdict, and we asked the judge to respect that," says Hernandez's lawyer. Key in the case is Hernandez's confession, which the defense maintains was fiction under duress. (More Etan Patz stories.)

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