Jury says it's deadlocked in NJ cold case from '78

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Posted: Nov 23, 2011 10:41 AM
Jury says it's deadlocked in NJ cold case from '78

A judge is telling deadlocked jurors at the trial of a man charged with murdering five New Jersey teenagers more than 30 years ago to keep deliberating.

Lee Evans is representing himself and has pleaded not guilty.

Jurors passed a note Wednesday morning saying they couldn't reach a verdict. But the judge told them to continue.

The jury has only deliberated for about 12 hours over four days.

Prosecutors say Evans lured the youths to a vacant Newark home in 1978 by promising them work, then nailed them in a closet and set the home on fire.

The bodies of Melvin Pittman, Ernest Taylor, Alvin Turner, Randy Johnson and Michael McDowell were never found.