Stan Patz/ Steven Hirsch
MANHATTAN SUPREME COURT — Pedro Hernandez, the accused killer of 6-yr-previous Etan Patz, is delusional, odd and mentally restricted — however he isn’t the assassin of the SoHo boy who went lacking in 1979, protection legal professionals argued for the final time Monday.
Throughout his hours-lengthy closing argument, protection lawyer Harvey Fishbein tried one final time to persuade jurors that one other man, convicted baby-molester Jose Ramos, was at fault for the kid’s dying.
“Ramos is predator, Ramos is a pedophile and has a predilection for younger, white, blue eyed boys,” Fishbein stated of the previous boyfriend of a typically babysitter for Etan. “Ramos is a serial pedophile with the motive, the means and the chance to make Etan Patz his sufferer.”
Ramos molested the son of Etan’s babysitter, Fishbein stated — somewhat blond boy who appeared very similar to Etan. In the course of the three month retrial, protection confirmed photographs of the son and Etan aspect-by-aspect.
Hernandez, fifty six, is standing trial for a second time, charged with strangling Etan within the basement of a SoHo bodega in 1979.
Hernandez’s first trial led to a hung jury in Might 2015, after 18 days of deliberations, when a lone holdout juror refused to convict the fifty five-yr-previous man within the boy’s dying, saying he felt there wasn’t sufficient proof to seek out him responsible.
On the coronary heart of the prosecutors’ case towards Hernandez are hours of taped confessions through which Hernandez calmly describes strangling the small boy on Prince Road, then stuffing his lifeless physique right into a trash bag and throwing him onto a pile of trash a few blocks away.
Protection attorneys say these confessions have been false tales coerced by regulation enforcement officers and the delusions of a person who takes anti-psychotic drugs.
Additionally they say proof rather more strongly factors to Ramos, at present in jail in Pennsylvania on molestation fees. He has denied being the killer.
Fishbein implored jurors to separate emotion from reality on this trial, as a result of it was straightforward to get caught up within the outrage behind the devastating case. Etan turned nationwide information when the little boy went lacking strolling lower than two blocks to his SoHo bus cease. It was his first time making the journey…