Lawyer says convicted child molester won't testify if called in case of boy missing since '79


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NEW YORK — A lawyer says a convicted child molester long suspected in a 1979 missing child case plans to invoke his right against self-incrimination if he's called to testify in the murder trial of a man now charged with the crime.

It's not yet clear what questions Jose Ramos might ultimately be asked in the case surrounding Etan Patz's (AY'-tahn PAYTS'-ez) disappearance. It's not clear whether there's specific information he doesn't want to divulge. His lawyer, Frank Rothman, said Ramos "has no desire to speak to anybody about this."

Former convenience store stock clerk Pedro Hernandez is set to go on trial next month. He has pleaded not guilty and his lawyer wanted to call Ramos as a witness.

Six-year-old Etan disappeared while walking to his Manhattan school bus stop.

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