- Associated Press - Monday, March 23, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - A former prosecutor testifying for the defense at the trial of a man accused of killing 6-year-old Etan Patz (AY’-tahn payts) says another person claimed he accosted a child the day Etan disappeared.

Stuart GraBois told a Manhattan jury on Monday that convicted child molester Jose Ramos told Grabois in the late 1980s that he was “90 percent sure” the boy he took to his apartment for sex that day was Etan.

Ramos claimed he put the child on a subway train afterward. But GraBois told jurors he didn’t believe it and sought unsuccessfully to bring a kidnapping and murder case against him.

Etan vanished on his way to school on May 25, 1979. Defendant Pedro Hernandez made a stunning confession in 2012 to choking the missing child.

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