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Murder trial to open 35 years after 6-yr-old went missing

Searching fervently for a missing 6-year-old boy, Etan Patz, police jotted a teenage shop worker’s name among those of many people they met, never expecting the clerk would become their suspect more than three decades later.

But after 35 years, Pedro Hernandez is going on trial in a murder and kidnapping case that shaped the nation’s approach to missing children. Opening statements are set for Friday. Hernandez emerged as a suspect in 2012, based on a tip and a videotaped confession that prosecutors say was foreshadowed by remarks he made to friends and relatives in the 1980s.

His defence hinges on convincing jurors that the confession is false, along with suggesting that the real killer may be a convicted Pennsylvania child molester who was a prime suspect for years.

“It will be, I think, an extremely interesting case,” state SC Justice Maxwell Wiley told prospective jurors earlier this month.


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