NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The jury deciding the fate of Pedro Hernandez held a ninth day of deliberations Monday.
Hernandez confessed to luring 6-year-old Etan Patz into a bodega basement in SoHo and strangling him in May 1979, but the defense maintains he made up the story due to mental illness.
Last week, the jury asked for a rereading of testimony from a former federal prosecutor and former FBI agent who investigated another suspect, convicted child molester Jose Ramos.
The jury has been taking its time to consider the defense case that convicted child molester Jose Ramos is more likely to have snatched Etan Patz off the streets of SoHo and killed him than Hernandez.
Prosecutors have dismissed the Ramos theory, calling him a despicable pedophile but saying the evidence against him was never enough.
The jury on Monday listened to more testimony the two defense witnesses — former federal prosecutor Stuart GraBois and former FBI agent Mary Galligan.Comments