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New Jersey man Pedro Hernandez indicted in Etan Patz case

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NEW YORK (PIX11)— A New Jersey man has been indicted by a grand jury in the 1979 disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz.

Pedro Hernandez was indicted Wednesday on two counts of murder in the second degree and one count of Kidnapping in the first Degree, the Manhattan District Attorney’s office announced.

“This indictment is the outcome of a lengthy and deliberative process, involving months of factual investigation and legal analysis,” Communications Director Erin Duggan, said in a statement.

“We believe the evidence that Mr. Hernandez killed Etan Patz to be credible and persuasive, and that his statements are not the product of any mental illness. The grand jury has found sufficient evidence to charge the defendant and this is a case that we believe should be presented to a jury at trial.”

Hernandez was arrested in May after authorities reopened the 33-year-old cold case. Hernandez confessed to strangling the child.

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