Men plead not guilty to murders of Newark boys

The two men accused of killing five teenage boys in Newark more than 30 years ago pleaded not guilty to murder and arson charges Wednesday.

Attorneys entered pleas for Philander Hampton, 53, and Lee Evans, 56, in front of relatives of the victims in a Newark courtroom.

Bail has been continued for both men at $5 million each.

The kids, known as the "Clinton Avenue Five," went missing after a day at a park together. Randy Johnson, Michael McDowell, Melvin Pittman, Ernest Taylor and Alvin Turner were assumed dead after they went missing in 1978.

Police believe the men led the boys into an abandoned house at gunpoint, and then set the house on fire.

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