Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Retrial in Killing

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Retrial in Killing

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NEW YORK - Pedro Hernandez watched 6-year-old Etan Patz from the corner store where he worked all those years ago, prosecutors said. He knew the little boy liked to get treats there, and that he waited for the school bus in the morning without adult supervision, they said.

He was "keenly watching and admiring this beautiful friendly child," Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi said during summations Tuesday in Hernandez's retrial. Prosecutors say the 56-year-old Maple Shade, N.J., man lured the little boy into the basement with the promise of a soda on May 25, 1979, then choked him and dumped the body.

Hernandez gave a surprise confession in 2012, after the case made national news again when federal agents dug up a New York City basement looking for Etan's remains. …

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