NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A man charged with murdering five New Jersey teens who disappeared in 1978 was due in court Tuesday.

Prosecutors said Lee Evans and his cousin killed the teens in a dispute over missing drugs.

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The 56-year-old Irvington resident has insisted he is innocent, and his 53-year-old cousin, Philander Hampton of Jersey City, has pleaded not guilty.

Each man faces five counts of murder and one count of arson.

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Prosecutors said the men herded the teens at gunpoint into an abandoned building and set it on fire.

The teens’ disappearance was one of the longest-running cold cases in the state’s history until authorities said there was a major break in the case about two years ago. They have not fully explained what the break entailed.

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