Etan Patz case

Associated Press
FBI and NYPD law enforcement officials search a SoHo basement at the corner of Wooster and Prince streets for the possible remains of missing child Etan Patz on Thursday, April 19, 2012 in New York. Patz vanished in 1979 after leaving his family’s SoHo home for a short walk to his school bus stop.  NYPD spokesman Paul Browne says the building being searched is about a block from where the family lived.  (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

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The man charged with killing a 6-year-old New York City boy in 1979 pleaded not guilty Dec. 12 to murder, even though police say he confessed in the sensational case — an admission his lawyer says is false.

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