Virginia Barber testified for the defense that Hernandez has schizotypal personality disorder, WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reported.
The psychiatrist called in the defense of Pedro Hernandez returned to the stand for a third day Friday.
In a reversal of his earlier ruling, Judge Maxwell Wiley has allowed prosecutors to explore the defendant’s alleged heavy cocaine use as an alternate explanation for his visions and voices.
Dr. Michael First testified Tuesday that Pedro Hernandez has schizotypal personality disorder. He said the diagnosis is on the spectrum of schizophrenia.
The 25-year-old daughter of a man on trial for murder in the 1979 disappearance of Etan Patz is testifying on his behalf.
Prosecutors have rested in the murder trial of a man accused of killing 6-year-old Etan Patz in 1979.
Joan Illuzzi-Orbon said in court Thursday she was correcting the record to reflect the man with the last name “Dillion” told police that a childhood classmate might have been Etan.
Prosecutors say they’ve received similar calls before. They’ve asked police to interview the man.
Detective James Lamendola told jurors he he coaxed Hernandez into his confession by talking to him about the cycle of abuse.
The defense attorney, Harvey Fishbein, argued that Dr. Flavia Robatti is not a competent psychiatrist. His investigation, he said, found not one positive reaction to her, WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reported.
Trying a man for murder in the 1979 disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz has come with obstacles created by the passage of time.
Lawyer: Newly Discovered Evidence Suggests Neighbors Saw Different Suspect With Boy Who Resembled Etan Patz
Fontier told the court she has found 39 pages of notes taken by a detective who happened to grow up in the same building where Jose Ramos lived. Ramos is the convicted pedophile long suspected in Etan’s 1979 disappearance.
On Monday, jurors watched another interrogation that took place shortly after Hernandez was picked up by police at his home in New Jersey.
The prosecution and defense Friday were preparing jurors for a new video, which could amount to a bombshell in the trial of the man who confessed to killing Etan Patz.
Defense lawyers say Hernandez’s confession is fiction, dreamed up by a mentally ill man with a low IQ and a history of hallucinations.