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Patz case defense wants earlier suspect as witness

October 25, 2013
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — The man charged with killing a 6-year-old New York City boy who vanished in 1979 is securing an unusual witness for his defense: a convicted Pennsylvania child molester who was long the prime suspect.

The Citizens' Voice of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., reports that a judge there Friday ordered Jose Antonio Ramos to appear at Pedro Hernandez' trial next year. That's at the request of Hernandez' lawyer, Harvey Fishbein.

Hernandez is charged with murdering Etan Patz (AY'-tahn PAYTS'). His disappearance helped mobilize a nationwide missing-children's movement.

Police said Hernandez admitted killing Etan. Fishbein says Hernandez made a false confession.

Ramos was never charged and has denied involvement in Etan's disappearance. But a civil court held Ramos responsible for the boy's death.

Ramos is currently jailed on a charge of violating sex-offender-registration requirements.



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