Man fights order to appear at Patz trial in NYC

Updated at: 11/20/2013 1:35 PM
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(AP) WILKES-BARRE, Pa. - 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) that 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 the suspect in the boy’s death, Pedro Hernandez.

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

Ramos was once a suspect, but he was never charged and denies involvement. Still, a civil court held Ramos responsible for Patz’s death.

Ramos is 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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