NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — No verdict was reached Thursday in the Etan Patz murder trial, after a second day of deliberations.
Jurors received the case against 54-year-old Pedro Hernandez – the man accused of luring and killing the 6-year-old boy in SoHo nearly 36 years ago – Wednesday afternoon.
As CBS2’s Jessica Schneider reported, the jury around 11 a.m. Thursday sent a note asking for another chance to hear the testimony of Hernandez’s ex-wife.
“We the jury request… all defendant’s medical records… read back of Daisy’s entire testimony,” the note said.
Daisy Rivera is the wife of Pedro Hernandez. They first met when she was 16 and married soon after. But she said before they wed in 1982, Hernandez told her he had a dark secret he needed to share.
The court reporter read Rivera’s testimony.
“He was somewhere in New York….and someone approached him. He never said his name. He said he was a young man….a white guy, a person,” Rivera said in the testimony. “This person approached him and he felt violated. He’s telling me he strangled him and he put him in the dumpster, and he covered him with plastic bags or he threw something over him; over the body.”
Later in their marriage, Rivera testified she found part of the missing poster for Etan with her husband’s possessions. At the time, Hernandez explained to her that it was something that had happened in the neighborhood when he worked there a few years before.