NEW YORK, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- A grand jury in New York City Wednesday indicted a man investigators say confessed to killing 6-year-old Etan Patz in 1979.
The Manhattan district attorney's office said the panel charged Pedro Hernandez, 51, with two counts of second-degree murder and one count of kidnapping, the cable television station NY1 reported.
Before the indictment was handed up, sources told the New York Post the panel was being asked to bring a murder indictment against Hernandez based on little more than his own confession. Prosecutors contend, however, they have credible and persuasive evidence, and that Hernandez was mentally competent, NY1 said.
Hernandez said in May he killed Etan. But his attorney said in a statement Hernandez is mentally ill and has a history of hallucinations.
The boy disappeared more than 30 years ago while walking to a school bus stop a block from his family's SoHo apartment. His body hasn't been found.
At the time, Hernandez was working at a nearby store.
Hernandez is to appear in Manhattan Criminal Court Thursday.
|Additional U.S. News Stories|
OGDEN, Utah, June 17 (UPI) --Police have identified the victim of Sunday's shooting in a Roman Catholic church in Utah as James Evans; his son-in-law was charged with the crime.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, June 17 (UPI) --Despite massive spending on Western weapons, the Arab monarchies of the Persian Gulf are "unable to secure themselves from any external threat" -- meaning Iran – and are running up huge public and foreign debt, a gulf think tank says.