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Man accused in Patz case makes court appearance

Man accused in Patz case makes court appearance

CREATED Nov 15, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) -- The lawyer for a man charged with killing a New York City boy in 1979 says his client will plead not guilty because he made a false confession.

Pedro Hernandez was in court for a brief proceeding Thursday, where his next court date was set for Dec. 12. That's when he'll have a chance to enter a plea. Meanwhile, he's been held without bail.

Defense lawyer Harvey Fishbein says Hernandez is "fit to stand trial" and says his client's statements are "not reliable."

Hernandez was indicted Wednesday on murder and kidnapping charges, following a lengthy investigation after his May arrest.

Authorities say he admitted killing 6-year-old Etan Patz.

Fishbein says Hernandez is schizophrenic and prone to hallucinations

The Manhattan district attorney's office says prosecutors don't believe Hernandez' confession is the product of mental illness.

Etan vanished while walking to his school bus stop. The anniversary of his disappearance -- May 25 -- became National Missing Children's Day.