Bail lowered for man accused in 1978 murder of 5 Newark teens

A man charged in the murder of five Newark teens who disappeared more than three decades ago could soon leave jail after a Supreme Court

NEWARK - A man charged in the murder of five Newark teens who disappeared more than three decades ago could soon leave jail after a Supreme Court judge agreed to lower his bail to less than $1 million.

Lee Anthony Evans of Irvington is facing five counts of murder and one count of arson in the 1978 killings.

Prosecutors say Evans and another defendant, 53-year-old Philander Hampton, of Jersey City, killed the teens by herding them at gunpoint into an abandoned home and setting it on fire. Hampton is still being held on $5 million bail.

Evans' attorney, Michael Robbins, says his client's bail, originally set at $5 million, was lowered to $950,000 yesterday after Evans' family put up 3 properties. Evans remained jailed as of late Wednesday afternoon because of a delay in paperwork, according to authorities.

The prosecution opposed the lower bail, arguing the 56-year-old has incentive to flee.

The disappearance of the teens was one of New Jersey's longest running cold cases.

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