NJ man charged with murdering NY boy Patz in 1979
May 26, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) — The anniversary of the day 6-year-old Etan Patz vanished on his way to school dawned with his suspected killer in police custody, but it ended with many unanswered questions about the man whose lawyer claims he’s schizophrenic.
Pedro Hernandez was arraigned on a murder charge Friday and is being held without bail.
A former neighbor says Hernandez was someone you wouldn’t want to cross. But the pastor of his church says the 51-year-old is shy and timid.
His lawyer says Hernandez is bipolar and has a history of hallucinations.
Hernandez appeared in court via video camera from a hospital ward where he is in suicide watch.
Hernandez was arrested Thursday after telling police he strangled Etan in 1979. He was an 18-year-old stock boy at a convenience store where the boy waited for his school bus.