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Man fights order to appear at Patz trial in NYC

November 20, 2013
Associated Press

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — A sex offender jailed in northeastern Pennsylvania is fighting an order to appear at a trial involving the 1979 disappearance of a New York City boy.

The Citizens' Voice reports (http://bit.ly/HZHdQy ) the attorney for Jose Ramos filed court papers Monday indicating he would appeal the ruling.

A county judge last month ordered Ramos to appear at the trial of Pedro Hernandez.

Police say Hernandez admitted killing Etan Patz (AY'-tahn PAYTS'). However, the suspect's lawyer contends the confession is false. Hernandez's trial is set for April in New York.

Ramos was once a suspect, but he was never charged and has denied involvement. Still, a civil court held Ramos responsible for the boy's death.

Ramos is currently jailed on unrelated charges.

Patz's disappearance helped mobilize a nationwide missing-children movement.

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Information from: The Citizens' Voice, http://www.citizensvoice.com

 
 

 

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