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FILE - This May 28, 2012, file photo shows a newspaper with a photograph of Etan Patz at a makeshift memorial where Patz lived before his disappearance on May 25, 1979. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
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Mistrial declared in 1979 case of missing NYC boy Etan Patz

The murder trial of a man accused in the 1979 disappearance of first-grader Etan Patz ended Friday in a hung jury, leaving one of the nation's most wrenching missing-children cases still unresolved after nearly two generations.

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Defense attorney Harvey Fishbein, left, speaks to reporters during a break in the trial of Pedro Hernandez in New York, Tuesday, May 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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Judge tells deadlocked jury in Etan Patz case to keep going

Jurors deliberating in the 36-year-old missing-child case of Etan Patz said Tuesday they were deadlocked for a second time, but a judge told them to keep trying.

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Pedro Hernandez
Pedro Hernandez appears in Manhattan criminal court in 2012. (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano, Pool, File)
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Etan Patz suspect confided in many before confessing

NEW YORK (AP) -- Long before there was an official confession, there were the confidants: friends and relatives who heard a disturbing story about killing a child from the man now on trial in the 1979 disappearance of Etan Patz.

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Long-awaited trial to open in Etan Patz missing-child case

The teenage stock clerk was just a name in a file for decades, one of many people police encountered while searching for a 6-year-old boy named Etan Patz. Thirty-five years later, Pedro Hernandez is going on trial in a case that defined the nation's approach to missing children.

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Pedro Hernandez
Pedro Hernandez appears in Manhattan criminal court in 2012. (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano, Pool, File)
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Prosecutor: We have an informant in Etan Patz case

NEW YORK (AP) -- An informant has emerged as a down-to-the-wire witness against the suspect in the infamous missing-child case of Etan Patz, prosecutors revealed Monday.

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Pedro Hernandez
Pedro Hernandez appears in Manhattan criminal court in 2012. (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano, Pool, File)
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Judge: Jersey man’s confession can be used in Etan Patz case

NEW YORK (AP) -- A New Jersey suspect's confession to choking a 6-year-old boy to death in 1979 may be used at his murder trial, a judge ruled Monday, allowing prosecutors to use what appears to be their key evidence in one of the nation's most notorious missing children's cases.

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In this Nov. 15, 2012 file photo, Pedro Hernandez, right, appears in Manhattan criminal court with his attorney Harvey Fishbein, in New York. Hernandez is seen in hours of videotaped statements admitting that he choked 6-year-old Etan Patz in 1979, and then dumped his body.  A Manhattan judge must decide whether Hernandez's confession can be used at trial, but a larger question is looming: Was it all made up? (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano, Pool, File)
In this Nov. 15, 2012 file photo, Pedro Hernandez, right, appears in Manhattan criminal court with his attorney Harvey Fishbein, in New York. Hernandez is seen in hours of videotaped statements admitting that he choked 6-year-old Etan Patz in 1979, and then dumped his body. A Manhattan judge must decide whether Hernandez's confession can be used at trial, but a larger question is looming: Was it all made up? (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano, Pool, File)
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Confessed Patz killer knew rights: expert

A suspect understood his right to stay silent before he confessed to killing a boy whose 1979 disappearance helped spur a missing-children's movement, a prosecution psychologist said Monday, contrasting a defense expert's view of a question under scrutiny as the case heads toward trial.

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Etan Patz (Courtesy of WNBC-TV)
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Judge sees confession tape in ’79 missing boy case

A man charged with killing a boy who disappeared in 1979 calmly told investigators that he strangled the child, according to a confession video played in court Monday for a judge who will decide whether the recording can be used as trial evidence.

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Etan Patz
Etan Patz (Courtesy of WNBC-TV)
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Key hearing Monday for NJ suspect in 1979 Etan Patz case

NEW YORK (AP) -- Pedro Hernandez hadn't attracted much attention from police before detectives came to his suburban New Jersey door on a tip one morning in May 2012. Seven hours later, the investigators' video cameras started rolling as he admitted killing a 6-year-old boy whose 1979 disappearance helped ignite a nationwide missing-children's movement.

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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)
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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.

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