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Man Indicted in Etan Patz Case

By November 15, 2012

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A former bodega clerk has been indicted on charges related to the disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz, the first missing child ever featured on a milk carton. Pedro Hernandez, who was arrested in May, faces murder and kidnapping charges in the 33-year-old case.

Police said Hernandez confessed to the crime, but his attorney says Hernandez is mentally ill.

Harvey Fishbein, Hernandez's attorney, said the former SoHo bodega clerk suffers from schizophrenia and hallucinations. He said a trial will not answer questions about what happened to Etan.

Fishbein said the prosecution's entire case is based only on statements made by is mentally disturbed client.

No Supporting Evidence?

"The statements alleged by the people are not supported by any evidence whatsoever despite extraordinary investigative efforts by the police, back then and now," Fishbein said.

Hernandez told investigators during a three-hour taped interview that he lured Etan from a school bus stop with the promise of a soda, took him to the bodega's basement where he choked Etan to death and put his body into the trash.

"This indictment is the outcome of a lengthy and deliberative process, involving months of factual investigation and legal analysis," said district attorney spokeswoman Erin Duggan.

See Also:
Etan Patz Suspect Indicted on Murder, Kidnapping Charges

Earlier Articles:
Cold Case: Arrest in Etan Patz Case
Investigators Reopens First 'Milk Carton' Case

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