Jury deliberations continue Tuesday, February 14, in the murder trial of Pedro Hernandez, accusing of murdering 6-year-old Etan Patz on May 25, 1979. The jury began deliberating in the afternoon of February 1. Tuesday will be day 9 of deliberations. Hernandez denies he killed the child and says his confession to police in 2012 is unreliable. UPDATE: Hernandez was convicted on Feb. 14 of murder in the second degree and kidnapping. He will be sentenced on February 28, and faces up to life in prison.
Robert Durst will be in a Los Angeles courtroom on February 14. The attorneys have agreed to an October preliminary hearing. Not much is expected to happen before then as the preliminary hearing will determine if there’s enough evidence to bind Durst over to trial for the murder of his friend, Susan Berman, in December 2000.
Angelika Graswald will be in court on February 14 in upstate New York for a pretrial scheduling conference. Jury selection in her murder trial had been scheduled to begin on February 14 but has been postponed, again. Graswald is accused of murdering her fiancee when he drowned in his kayak on the Hudson River in April 2015.
Jury selection in former NFL player Aaron Hernandez’s double murder trial continues on Tuesday, February 14, according to the District Attorney’s spokesperson. The case is in the early screening stage of jury selection. Casey Anthony’s former attorney, Jose Baez, is now part of Hernandez’s defense team. Though Monday, February 13, is a holiday in most states, the attorneys are in court to argue pretrial motions.
Michael Peterson will not face a retrial for the murder of his wife, Kathleen, in 2001 in North Carolina. She was found at the bottom of a staircase. Peterson always maintained it was an accident. He cut a deal with the state to take an Alford plea to manslaughter on February 24, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. (This is a plea where he doesn’t have to admit to the crime but acknowledges that the state has enough evidence to convict him.) Peterson will get credit for time already served thus he’s not expected to serve another day in prison. His retrial had been scheduled for May 8, 2017.
Finally, Bill Cosby is ordered back to a Montgomery County, PA courtroom on February 27, 2017 for a hearing on his motion to change the venue of his sexual assault trial. The judge is also deciding whether to allow the testimony of 13 other women who claim Cosby assaulted them in a manner similar to the accuser in the PA case, Andrea Constand. It’s not clear whether that decision will be rendered at the change of venue hearing or at a later time.
That’s it for now. If you hear of other court dates on cases KOC is following, let me know!