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Retrial For Pedro Hernandez, Accused Of Killing Etan Patz, Set For September

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) -- The retrial for a New Jersey man accused of killing Etan Patz in 1979 is set for September.

The New York Times says jury selection is now expected to start Sept. 6 or 7 at the trial of Pedro Hernandez of Maple Shade, New Jersey.

Originally, jury selection had been set to begin this past February with the retrial expected to commence in March.

Six-year-old Etan vanished on his way to school in New York City. He became one of the first missing children pictured on milk cartons. Etan was declared dead in 2001.

The defense says Hernandez has low intelligence and falsely confessed because of a personality disorder. His May 2015 trial ended in a hung jury.

Supreme Court Justice Maxwell Wiley set the new trial schedule on Tuesday. He's expected to rule on evidence in the case by July 11.

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