NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Jurors in the murder trial surrounding the disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz in 1979 said Wednesday they were deadlocked, but the judge told them to keep deliberating.
After 10 days of deliberations, the jury sent a midday note saying it couldn’t reach a unanimous decision in the trial of Pedro Hernandez. He’s accused of kidnapping and killing a boy whose disappearance helped galvanize a national movement to find missing children. Etan was among the first ever featured on a milk carton.
The defense argued for a mistrial, saying it was obvious the jury of seven men and five women was hung. Asking it to continue is inherently coercive, said lawyer Alice Fontier.