Man fights order to appear at Patz trial in NYC

AP News
Posted: Nov 20, 2013 3:08 PM

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — A sex offender jailed in northeastern Pennsylvania is fighting an order to appear at a trial involving the 1979 disappearance of a New York City boy.

The Citizens' Voice reports ( ) that the attorney for Jose Ramos filed court papers Monday indicating he would appeal the ruling.

A county judge last month ordered Ramos to appear at the trial of the suspect in the boy's death, Pedro Hernandez.

Police say Hernandez admitted killing the boy, Etan Patz (AY'-tahn PAYTS'). However, Hernandez's lawyer contends the confession is false. His trial is set for April in New York.

Ramos was once a suspect, but he was never charged and denies involvement. Still, a civil court held Ramos responsible for Patz's death.

Ramos is jailed on unrelated charges.

Patz's disappearance helped mobilize a nationwide missing-children movement.


Information from: The Citizens' Voice,