NEWARK - (AP) - A court has thrown out the statement of one of the suspects charged in the execution-style slayings of threefriends in a Newark schoolyard.

The court says police failed to adequately read Gerardo Gomezhis rights.

Gomez was 15 at the time of the August 2007 slayings.

His attorney filed a motion to have his statement to policesuppressed, claiming Gomez and his mother didn't fully understandtheir rights. State law requires juveniles to be accompanied by aparent or guardian during questioning.

In an opinion released Monday, a three-judge appeals panelreversed a lower court that had denied Gomez' motion to suppressthe statement.

One defendant has already been convicted of the murders andsentenced to more than 200 years in prison.