Once kids' safe zone, shop gets new focus in Patz case trial

Feb 8, 2015 1:06 PM by News Staff

NEW YORK (AP) - The New York City convenience store where prosecutors say 6-year-old Etan Patz was killed is coming into sharp focus at the suspect's murder trial. That's after decades of the shop being just another one of hundreds of locations tied to the lengthy, fruitless search for the boy.

The suspect, Pedro Hernandez, worked at the store in 1979 as a stock clerk. But he wasn't a suspect until 2012, when he gave a confession his defense says was false.

Prosecutors say he lured the boy to the basement with the promise of a soda and choked him, then left his body with some trash.

Former neighborhood residents testified that the store was the place where kids would go in case of an emergency.

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