Pedro Hernandez Retrial, Juror Questioning Begins

Questioning of potential jurors began Wednesday in Manhattan Supreme Court for the upcoming retrial of Pedro Hernandez.  Hernandez was charged with kidnapping and murder in the 1979 disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz.
The first trial of Hernandez, 53,  ended in a deadlocked jury last year.  He confessed to the unsolved crime, but his defense says it was a delusion caused by mental problems.

150 possible jurors have been screened by Justice Maxwell Wiley for a trial that could last months.  A group of 16  will be questioned Thursday by lawyers.

The public history of the case was evident during questioning Wednesday.  As one juror put it: “He confessed,”  “Why not sentence him?”  Justice Wiley said he expects the final selection of a jury to continue for another week.

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