NEW YORK (AP) — A New York murder trial for a suspect in one of the country's most prominent missing-child cases is being postponed for months, as psychiatric exams and other trial preparations continue.
Pedro Hernandez had been tentatively set to go on trial in April in the case surrounding Etan Patz. But a judge said Thursday he now anticipates the trial starting in September.
Six-year-old Etan disappeared while walking to his school bus stop in 1979.
He was one of the first vanished children who appeared on a milk carton. The anniversary of his disappearance became National Missing Children's Day.
Hernandez was arrested in 2012 after police got a tip. The 53-year-old from Maple Shade, N.J. gave authorities a confession, but his defense argues it was false and prompted by mental illness.
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