Retrial Set for Man Accused of Killing Etan Patz in 1979

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A photo of Etan Patz, who disappeared on the way to school in 1979.Credit: AP

A retrial for a New Jersey man accused of killing 6-year-old Etan Patz in 1979 will begin in New York City after Labor Day.

The New York Times reports jury selection is expected to start September 6 or 7 in the trial of Maple Shade resident Pedro Hernandez.

Etan vanished on his way to school in New York City. He became one of the first missing children pictured on milk cartons. Etan was declared dead in 2001.

The defense says Hernandez has low intelligence and falsely confessed because of a personality disorder. His May 2015 trial ended in a hung jury.

Supreme Court Justice Maxwell Wiley set the new trial schedule Tuesday. He's expected to rule on evidence in the case by July 11.

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