Hernandez was arrested in 2012 after his brother-in-law told police Hernandez had said years earlier that he killed a child.
Pedro Hernandez is charged with killing 6-year-old Etan Patz in 1979. (credit: CBS News)
Hernandez, now 54, confessed to police that he offered Etan a soda to entice him into the basement of the SoHo bodega where he worked. Then, Hernandez said, he choked the boy and dumped him in a box with some curbside trash. Etan’s body has never been found.
“Something just took over me, and I was just choking him,” the Maple Shade, New Jersey, man confessed to police. “He just kind of stood there, and I just felt bad, what I did.”
Defense lawyers say Hernandez’s confession is fiction, dreamed up by a mentally ill man with a low IQ and a history of hallucinations and fueled by several hours of police questioning before Hernandez was read his rights.
Ramos denied involvement, but a former federal prosecutor and FBI agent testified that Ramos told investigators he was “90 percent” sure a boy he took from a park was Etan, and Hernandez’s former prison cellmate testified that Ramos admitted molesting the boy.
Ramos dated a woman who was hired to walk Etan home from school during a bus strike.
But prosecutors told jurors during closing arguments that while Ramos may be a convicted pedophile, investigators never found enough evidence to charge him in Etan’s disappearance.
Jurors are deciding whether Hernandez is guilty or not on three separate charges: second-degree murder, felony murder and kidnapping.
The two different murder charges result from different theories under the law. If the jury finds that Hernandez deliberately killed Etan, they will convict him on second-degree murder charges. If the panel decides Etan’s death resulted from actions during the course of a kidnapping, they will find him guilty on the felony murder charge.
Each of the three charges is punishable by 25 years to life in prison.
Etan’s photo was one of the first to be featured on milk cartons and the day he went missing became National Missing Children’s Day.
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Real Madrid travel to Juventus Stadium on Tuesday evening, the reigning European champions hoping to triumph in a semi-final encounter with Italian football’s most dominant side.
Having finally lifted the trophy for the 10th time, the visitors will hope to continue their incredible record in the continent’s top competition.
Standing in their way is a Juve side who clinched their fourth consecutive Serie A title this past weekend, proving once again that the peninsula’s other clubs are currently no match for the Torinese giants. Having reached this stage for the first time in 12 years, Max Allegri and his players will hope to overcome their status as huge underdogs in this tie.
Over the following pages is a look at five reasons why the Bianconeri might pull off a surprise win over this two legged encounter, seeking to book a place in next month’s final in Berlin.