MANHATTAN DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE
A photo that was entered into evidence in the murder trial of Etan Patz in Manhattan Supreme Court on Monday, February 2, 2015.
The detective who got Pedro Hernandez to break down and confess to the 35-year-old murder of Etan Patz testified Monday that he did not use religious guilt to get the admission.
The NYPD’s James Lamendola told Hernandez during the recorded confession that coming clean was “the strength of the Lord.”
Hernandez’s lawyers suggested the Lamendola played to the suspect’s Pentecostal beliefs, telling him that admitting the crime would help him save himself and the doomed boy.
“I only asked him if he was religious,” Lamendola testified on cross-examination about the May 2012 questioning session in Camden, N.J.
BY, SHAYNA JACOBS