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NEW YORK – Some jurors who deadlocked last year in one of America's most notorious missing-child cases now feel a new duty — to see the case through as it's retried.
Eight former jurors and alternates were in a New York courtroom audience when a retrial opened last week in the 1979 disappearance of Etan Patz (AY'-tahn PAYTS'). A handful plan to attend as much of the retrial as they can.
The former jurors come from both sides of last year's 11-1 deadlock. Some from the pro-conviction majority say they were frustrated by the impasse and want to show support for Etan's family.
The holdout for acquittal says he feels just as strongly about his view.
Suspect Pedro Hernandez confessed, but his defense says he's mentally ill and only imagined committing the crime.