Suspect in 1978 teen killings gives opening statement

NEWARK - The suspect in the murders of five teens more than 30 years ago, who is acting as his own lawyer, gave his opening statement to an Essex County jury today.

The defendant, Lee Evans, is charged with murdering five teens in Newark in 1978. The case remained unsolved for 32 years and the bodies were never recovered.

Evans described himself as an innocent man accused of a terrible crime. Prosecutors say it was revenge after the boys who did odd jobs for Evans stole a large amount of marijuana from him.

He is accused of locking them inside an abandoned house and setting it on fire.

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