Pedro Hernandez, 51, was charged with killing 6-year-old Etan Patz in 1979 after he confessed to the crime in May 2012. Investigators said he told them he was a teenage stock clerk at a convenience store when Etan disappeared on his way to school on May 25, 1979. He allegedly said he lured the child to the basement with the promise of a soda, choked him and left his body in a bag of trash about a block away.
On Nov. 15, 2012, his lawyer Harvey Fishbein said in court that Hernandez made a false confession and would plead not guilty in slaying the boy.
A trial for defendant Pedro Hernandez lasted for months. It ended in May 2015 after 18 days of deliberations with the jury deadlocked 11-1 in favor of guilt.
The retrial for Hernandez is scheduled for early 2016.
The boy's body has never been found.
Pedro Hernandez appears in Manhattan criminal court with his attorney Harvey Fishbein, on Nov. 15, 2012, in New York