The man who confessed to killing 6-year-old Etan Patz 34 years ago has asked a judge to drop the murder case against him.
The defense of a man charged with killing a 6-year-old boy in 1979 will revolve around his mental state and a false confession to the crime, but he is not pursuing an insanity defense in the sensational case, his attorney said.
Pedro Hernandez, 51, did not speak during his brief court proceeding. His lawyer said he was fit to stand trial and a judge ordered him held without bail.
Attorney Harvey Fishbein says 51-year-old Pedro Hernandez is being charged in the disappearance of Etan Patz . Hernandez, of Maple Shade, N.J., confessed to the 1979 killing six-year-old Patz earlier this year.
Hernandez confessed to the 1979 killing six-year-old Patz earlier this year, but that remains the only evidence against him.
Jose Ramos was released from a Pennsylvania prison Wednesday then immediately arrested on a Megan’s Law violation after providing an outdated address of where he would be residing.
The man who was the prime suspect for years in a landmark child disappearance case is about to be released from a Pennsylvania prison where he has spent 20 years for molesting other children.
Pedro Hernandez had been due in court on Oct. 1. But prosecutors announced Monday that his appearance was put off to Nov. 15 so both sides can continue to investigate “in a measured and fair manner.”
For the second time this week, police, along with the office of the chief medical examiner, have returned to the sight of a former bodega where suspect Pedro Hernandez worked 33 years ago.
Authorities arrived at the location around 11 a.m. and ended their search in the afternoon. Investigators left the site of where Patz was allegedly killed with some bags of potential evidence, 1010 WINS reported.
Prosecutors said Hernandez, 51, admitted two months ago to killing Etan Patz in a surprise confession in one of the most baffling missing children’s cases nationwide.
Pedro Hernandez was due in court Monday for an update as doctors assessed whether he’s mentally fit to stand trial in Etan Patz’s death. Hernandez’s appearance was put off to Oct. 1, pending an investigation.
There are new details now known about the suspect in the 33-year-old disappearance of little Etan Patz, WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported.
Armed with a search warrant, more than a dozen officers and a NYPD Crime Scene Unit van arrived at the Maple Shade, N.J., home of Pedro Hernandez on Wednesday afternoon.
CBS 2’s Pablo Guzman teamed up with CBS This Morning’s John Miller, an original reporter on the story, for an exclusive interview to break down the answer to the elusive question: what was the motive in the disappearance and killing of the boy?