No verdict after 7 full days of deliberations in 1979 missing boy case; Jurors return Monday


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NEW YORK — After seven-and-a-half days of deliberations, jurors have not yet reached a verdict in a notorious 1979 missing boy case and will return to a Manhattan court Monday.

Jurors requested hours of testimony read back to them, all exhibits and paper to make lists in the murder trial of Pedro Hernandez. On Friday, jurors heard the testimony of a former federal prosecutor who investigated another longtime suspect.

Six-year-old Etan Patz disappeared on his way to school on May 25, 1979. His body was never found. Hernandez confessed to killing the boy in the basement of a corner store after luring him there with the promise of a soda. His lawyer says the confession is fiction.

Openings in the case were Jan. 30. Deliberations began the afternoon of April 15.

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