Lawsuit over Newark schoolyard murders to begin

The final legal chapter of Newark's notorious 2007 schoolyard murders is scheduled to begin this week. Prospective jurors met today for a civil trial stemming

Prospective jurors are expected to gather Monday for a civil trial stemming from the murder of three college-bound friends behind the Mount Vernon School.

Prospective jurors are expected to gather Monday for a civil trial stemming from the murder of three college-bound friends behind the Mount Vernon School. (1/7/13)

NEWARK - (AP) -- The final legal chapter of Newark's notorious 2007 schoolyard murders is scheduled to begin this week.

Prospective jurors met today for a civil trial stemming from the murder of three college-bound friends behind the Mount Vernon School.

The victims' families allege the school district created a dangerous condition by leaving the schoolyard's gates open when it knew security cameras and sensor lights weren't working. They also claim the schoolyard was a regular gathering place for gang members.

Iofemi Hightower, Dashon Harvey and Terrance "T.J." Aeriel were slain execution-style. They were enrolled or planning to enroll at Delaware State University.

Six men and boys charged in the attacks have pleaded guilty or been convicted.

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