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Jurors begin deliberations in trial of man accused of killing 6-year-old Etan Patz in 1979

  • Harvey Fishbein, defense attorney for Pedro Hernandez, arrives for court in New York, Wednesday, April 15, 2015.  Jurors have started deliberations in the case against Hernandez,  accused of killing 6-year-old Etan Patz  who vanished in 1979.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Harvey Fishbein, defense attorney for Pedro Hernandez, arrives for court in New York, Wednesday, April 15, 2015. Jurors have started deliberations in the case against Hernandez, accused of killing 6-year-old Etan Patz who vanished in 1979. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)  (The Associated Press)

  • Rosemary Hernandez, left, and Becky Hernandez, the wife and daughter of Pedro Hernandez, arrive for court in New York, Wednesday, April 15, 2015.  Jurors have started deliberations in the case against Hernandez, accused of killing 6-year-old Etan Patz who vanished in 1979.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Rosemary Hernandez, left, and Becky Hernandez, the wife and daughter of Pedro Hernandez, arrive for court in New York, Wednesday, April 15, 2015. Jurors have started deliberations in the case against Hernandez, accused of killing 6-year-old Etan Patz who vanished in 1979. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)  (The Associated Press)

  • Stanley Patz, the father of Etan Patz, arrives for court, in New York,  Wednesday, April 15, 2015.  Jurors have started deliberations in the case against Pedro Hernandez, accused of killing 6-year-old Etan Patz, who vanished in 1979.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Stanley Patz, the father of Etan Patz, arrives for court, in New York, Wednesday, April 15, 2015. Jurors have started deliberations in the case against Pedro Hernandez, accused of killing 6-year-old Etan Patz, who vanished in 1979. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)  (The Associated Press)

Jurors have started deliberations in the case against a man accused of killing a 6-year-old boy who vanished in 1979.

Pedro Hernandez made a surprise confession in 2012. He says he lured Etan Patz (AY'-tahn payts) to a store basement with the promise of a soda, then choked the boy.

He says he put the body in a bag and a produce box, and walked it about two blocks away.

His attorneys say Hernandez is mentally ill and his confession is made up.

But prosecutors say the admissions are sound.

In the 10 weeks of testimony, jurors heard from prayer group members who said he confessed to killing a boy in New York. Hernandez's former neighbor and ex-wife also said he confessed.

Etan's body was never found.