NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A trial date has been set in one of New Jersey’s longest-running cold cases.
A state Superior Court judge in Newark set a May 2 trial date for Lee Evans of Irvington and his cousin, Philander Hampton of Jersey City, who are charged with murdering five Newark teens in 1978.READ MORE: Rookie NYPD Officer Sumit Sulan Hailed A Hero For Quick Actions In Deadly Harlem Shooting
The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office says it will try the men separately, and it isn’t known who will be tried first.READ MORE: Connecticut Resident James Iannazzo Arrested After Tirade Caught On Video At Smoothie Shop
The men have pleaded not guilty to charges they killed the teens in a dispute over missing drugs. Prosecutors said the men herded the teens at gunpoint into an abandoned building and set it ablaze.
Authorities have said Hampton made statements implicating Evans. A hearing will be held this month to determine whether Hampton’s statements are admissible.MORE NEWS: MTA Addresses Subway Safety After 2 Recent Shoving Incidents, Including 1 Fatal
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