Jurors begin deliberations in case of 1979 missing boy

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Posted: Feb 01, 2017 3:53 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Jurors have started deliberating in the case against the man accused of killing 6-year-old Etan Patz (AY'-tahn payts) in New York City 37 years ago.

The Manhattan jury got the case against Pedro Hernandez on Wednesday afternoon. An earlier trial for the Maple Shade, New Jersey, man ended in mistrial.

Etan vanished while walking to school on May 25, 1979. His face was one of the first on milk cartons. His body has never been found.

A relative of Hernandez called police after the case made news in 2012 when federal agents dug up a basement looking for evidence.

Police arrested him, and he confessed to choking the boy. His attorney, Harvey Fishbein, says Hernandez is mentally ill and falsely confessed.