NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The difficulties in trying a nearly 36-year-old murder case were becoming obvious Tuesday in the trial of the man accused of killing 6-year-old Etan Patz.
The lead detective is dead, the crime scene — a bodega — no longer exists, and three newly discovered boxes of old evidence have been consuming the attention of defense attorney Alice Fontier, WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reported.READ MORE: Nearly 200 People To Be Released From Rikers Friday After Gov. Hochul Signs 'Less Is More Act,' Calls N.Y.'s Incarceration Rate 'A Point Of Shame'
Fontier, who represents Pedro Hernandez, 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.