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Final Newark Schoolyard Killing Defendant Convicted

A jury in Newark has convicted the final defendant in a notorious schoolyard triple murder from 2007.

Gerardo Gomez (Mike Derer, Pool / AP)

The Star-Ledger of Newark reports jurors in state Superior Court convicted Gerardo Gomez on 13 of 17 counts including murder and attempted murder.

Three college-bound friends were slain, and a fourth was shot but survived.

Gomez turned 15 on Aug. 4, 2007, the day of the murders, but was tried as an adult. His attorney had argued that he was a bystander at the Mount Vernon School playground.

Prosecutors contended that Gomez never tried to leave the scene and acted as a lookout while the victims were robbed.

Five other defendants have been convicted or pleaded guilty.

 

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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