NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The jury deciding the fate of Pedro Hernandez begins a 10th day of deliberations Tuesday.
Hernandez has confessed to luring 6-year-old Etan Patz into the basement of a SoHo bodega and strangling him in May 1979. The child’s body was never found.READ MORE: NYC Teachers Union Concerned About Potential Staffing Issues As Vaccine Deadline Approaches
Defense lawyers maintain Hernandez made up the story due to mental illness and claim the real killer is convicted child molester Jose Ramos.
The jury has been taking its time to consider the defense case that Ramos is more likely to have snatched and killed Etan than Hernandez.
Prosecutors have dismissed the Ramos theory, calling him a despicable pedophile but saying the evidence against him was never enough.