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Patz Murder Trial Date Postponed

A New York murder trial for a suspect in one of the country’s most prominent missing-child cases is being postponed for months as psychiatric exams and other preparations continue.

Etan Patz case
Wife Rosemary Hernandez (2nd L) and daughter Becky Hernandez (2nd R), of alleged Etan Patz murderer suspect Pedro Hernandez, walk away from a courthouse. (Spencer Platt, Getty Images)

Pedro Hernandez had been tentatively set to go on trial in April in the case surrounding Etan Patz. But a judge said Wednesday he now anticipates the trial starting in September.

Six-year-old Etan disappeared while walking to his school bus stop in 1979. He was one of the first missing children to appear on a milk carton. The anniversary of his disappearance became National Missing Children’s Day.

Hernandez was arrested in 2012 after police got a tip. The 53-year-old Maple Shade resident gave authorities a confession, but his defense argues it was false and prompted by mental illness.

(Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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