NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — On the 18th day of deliberations, a judge declared a mistrial in the Etan Patz trial.
Jurors told the judge for a third time they could not reach a unanimous verdict against Pedro Hernandez, the man accused of kidnapping and killing Patz in 1979. Eleven jurors agreed that Hernandez was guilty, but one juror — Adam Sirois — held out and concluded that he was not guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
“Ultimately, I couldn’t find enough evidence that wasn’t circumstantial to convict,” said Sirois, who was juror number 11. “For me, his confession was very bizarre. No matter how many times it happened, it got more and more bizarre. And I feel that the initial confession, there were lots of issues surrounding custody; surrounding Miranda rights.”