- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - A New York jury deliberating in the murder trial of a man accused of kidnapping and killing 6-year-old Etan Patz (AY’-tahn payts) in 1979 has asked to hear the testimony of the boy’s best friend.

Chelsea Altman was waiting for Etan on the day he disappeared, but he never showed. His body was never found.

Pedro Hernandez says he choked Etan in a convenience store basement after luring him there with the promise of a soda.

Hernandez’s lawyer says the confession was imaginary and his client is mentally ill. Prosecutors say the confession is sound.

Jurors have been deliberating for a week. Earlier Wednesday, they asked for a full witness list and other exhibits.

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