Manhattan DA: "Premature" To Share Confidence In Confessed Patz Killer
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The Manhattan District Attorney said Thursday that it's "premature" to say how confident he is that a former bodega stock clerk is the person who killed Etan Patz.
Cyrus Vance also would not say whether Pedro Hernandez's confession and arrest for killing the six-year old boy in 1979 clears the other two men who were considered as possible suspects.
The DA's Office reportedly wanted more proof before Hernandez was arrested.
Vance declined to say whether he has spoken to Etan Patz' family but said the case is moving forward.
"We now have a case that we are working on with an enormous amount of resources, care and attention," he said. "And the best service that we could do to the Patzes and others is to do our job working with law enforcement carefully, thoughtfully and impartially. And that's what I intend to do."
Hernandez was charged with Patz's murder last week. He did not enter a plea.
Hernandez's lawyer says his client is schizophrenic.