Competency still issue for suspect in 5 NJ murders

May 6, 2011 8:48:48 AM PDT
A man charged with killing five teenagers in Newark, N.J., in 1978 has held off on dismissing his attorney.

Lee Evans was in court in Newark on Friday. He had indicated he might want to represent himself at trial but didn't officially file to do so Friday.

Meanwhile, prosecutors are still seeking to have Evans examined by a psychiatrist to determine if he's competent to stand trial. A judge denied an earlier request, but the state has asked her to reconsider.

Evans and his cousin Philander Hampton were charged last March with the murders and have pleaded not guilty.

Hampton told police in 2008 that he and Evans lured the youths to an abandoned building, restrained them and set it on fire in a dispute over stolen drugs.

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