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05/03/2011 03:59 pm ET | Updated Jul 03, 2011

Without A Smoking Gun: Minors Convicted As Adults, With Some Crucial Evidence Missing

Atreyu Spears fidgeted anxiously as he sat in the bullpen, a corner of the Cook County courthouse where detainees wait for the bailiff to walk them to the judge's bench.

The past 69 days had been a blur. After leaving basketball practice on April 9, 2009, the 17-year-old headed to his friend Michael's house. The two had struck up a friendship back in the third grade when Michael was the new kid in school.

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