New York

Verdict reached in case of boy who vanished in NYC in 1979

  • FILE- In this Nov. 15, 2012, file photo, Pedro Hernandez appears in Manhattan criminal court in New York. Hernandez, a former store clerk was convicted Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, in one of the nation's most haunting missing-child cases, nearly 38 years after Etan Patz disappeared while heading to his school bus stop. Another jury had deadlocked following 18 days of deliberation in 2015, leading to the retrial that spanned more than three months. (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano, Pool, File)

    FILE- In this Nov. 15, 2012, file photo, Pedro Hernandez appears in Manhattan criminal court in New York. Hernandez, a former store clerk was convicted Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, in one of the nation's most haunting missing-child cases, nearly 38 years after Etan Patz disappeared while heading to his school bus stop. Another jury had deadlocked following 18 days of deliberation in 2015, leading to the retrial that spanned more than three months. (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano, Pool, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Stan Patz, right, father of 6-year-old Etan Patz who disappeared on the way to the school bus stop 38 years ago, reacts after a news conference with Assistant District Attorney Joel Seidemann, following the second trial of Pedro Hernandez, whos convicted of killing the boy, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, in New York's Manhattan Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Stan Patz, right, father of 6-year-old Etan Patz who disappeared on the way to the school bus stop 38 years ago, reacts after a news conference with Assistant District Attorney Joel Seidemann, following the second trial of Pedro Hernandez, whos convicted of killing the boy, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, in New York's Manhattan Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this May 28, 2012, file photo, a newspaper with a photograph of Etan Patz is part of a makeshift memorial in the SoHo neighborhood of New York. Pedro Hernandez was convicted Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, for the 1979 murder of Etan Patz. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

    FILE - In this May 28, 2012, file photo, a newspaper with a photograph of Etan Patz is part of a makeshift memorial in the SoHo neighborhood of New York. Pedro Hernandez was convicted Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, for the 1979 murder of Etan Patz. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)  (The Associated Press)

A jury has reached a verdict in the murder trial of a man accused of killing a little boy in 1979.

Pedro Hernandez, of Maple Shade, New Jersey, confessed to choking Etan Patz (AY'-tahn payts). But his attorney Harvey Fishbein has said that his mentally ill client made it up and that the evidence points to another suspect in the case.

The 6-year-old boy vanished on his way to school on May 25, his face was among the first on milk cartons.

The jury sent out a note Tuesday after nine days of deliberations.

An earlier prosecution ended in mistrial after jurors could not agree after 18 days; all but one wanted to convict.