New trial for man who said he killed New York Jewish boy to open in 2016

A new trial for the former New York deli worker who confessed to strangling 6-year-old Etan Patz in a case that changed the way the US responds to missing children will open in 2016, a judge said on Wednesday. A month after declaring a mistrial because of a hung jury, Judge Maxwell Wiley told Pedro Hernandez that a new jury would be picked as early as December to hear the kidnapping and murder case in state Supreme Court in Manhattan. Seven jurors from Hernandez’ first murder trial, in which a single holdout declined to convict him in the 1979 killing, returned to court to hear the judge’s decision. The group on Wednesday included Adam Sirois, the holdout.



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