Etan Patz jury ends sixth day without verdict; suspect’s attorney doesn’t believe panel is split

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MANHATTAN (PIX11) — The jury in Etan Patz case has ended day six of deliberations Wednesday afternoon without reaching a verdict, but the suspect’s attorney says he doesn’t think that mean the jury is split.

The panel is deciding the fate of Pedro Hernandez in the murder of the 6-year-old SoHo boy, who vanished in May 1979. Prosecutors say Hernandez confessed to death in 2012, but has since retracted it.

With every day that passes without a verdict, the specter of a hung jury grows.   The attorney for Hernandez, Harry Fishbein,  said he believes the jury is simply working through the evidence.

There is no direct evidence tying him to the disappearance and murder of the boy, whose case drew international attention and made him the first missing child to appear on the side of a milk carton.

Deliberations will enter a seventh day on Thursday.

Click here for full coverage of the case, including WPIX’s original reports in 1979.