Jury in Patz Case Rehear Closing Arguments


Jurors in the murder trial surrounding the 1979 missing-child case of Etan Patz took the unusual step of rehearing closing arguments Thursday, a day after saying they were deadlocked.

A court stenographer read the defense’s summation against Pedro Hernandez as jurors listened, some jotting new entries in notes that already span several legal pads.

Thursday marked the 11th day of deliberations. Jurors had hours of testimony read back to them and reviewed dozens of exhibits before asking to rehear the summations.

Closing arguments aren’t evidence, just each side’s way of framing it. It’s not clear what jurors hope to glean.