Judge Maxwell Wiley on Thursday denied the defense request, saying it would raise too much speculation for jurors in Pedro Hernandez’s trial.
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.
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.
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.
Opening statements began Friday in the trial against Pedro Hernandez, the New Jersey man accused in the disappearance and killing of 6-year-old Etan Patz.
Prosecutors’ recently revealed informant in the infamous missing-child case of Etan Patz is a Rikers Island inmate.
About 100 prospective jurors began filling out lengthy questionnaires Monday for Pedro Hernandez’s murder trial.
A New York City judge has ruled that videotaped confessions by a man charged with killing a boy who vanished in 1979 can be used at his upcoming murder trial.
A battle of the experts wrapped up the hearing Tuesday on whether Pedro Hernandez was capable of understanding his Miranda rights before confessing to killing 6-year-old Etan Patz.
A psychologist testified at a pre-trial hearing Monday that Pedro Hernandez – who admitted killing a 6-year-old New York City boy who went missing 35 years ago – had a sufficient understanding of his Miranda rights.