Bail lowered for defendant in NJ cold case

Lee Anthony Evans (left), 56, of Irvington, and Philander Hampton, 53, of Jersey City.

August 18, 2010 1:29:28 PM PDT
An attorney for a man charged in the murder of five New Jersey teens who disappeared in 1978 says his client has made bail and could soon leave jail.

Lee Evans of Irvington is facing five counts of murder and one count of arson. He maintains his innocence.

Prosecutors say Evans and another defendant, 53-year-old Philander Hampton, killed the teens by herding them at gunpoint into an abandoned building and setting it on fire.

Evans' attorney, Michael Robbins, says his client's bail - originally set at $5 million - was lowered to $950,000 Wednesday after Evans' family put up 3 properties. But Evans remained jailed as of late Wednesday afternoon.

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

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