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Convicted of murder as teens, two men seek exoneration

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Two men who were convicted of murder as teenagers and spent 15 years in prison are seeking exoneration after several other co-defendants have been cleared of wrongdoing.

Paul Phillips and Lewis Gardner were 15 and 17 years old when they and five others were convicted in connection with a 1992 double murder in the Uptown neighborhood, according to a statement from their attorneys.

Petitions filed by their attorneys Monday allege that the Cook County State's Attorney's office and the Chicago Police Department withheld evidence that would have cleared the two.

Their attorneys go on to state that the police department coerced Phillips, Gardner and several other codefendants into giving false confessions, according to the statement.

Two of the people who actually committed the murders have been identified, and one has confessed, clearing Phillips, Gardener and the rest of their codefendants – known as the "Agatite 7" -- of wrongdoing, their attorneys said in the statement.

Phillips and Gardner are being represented by the People's Law Office and Mayer Brown LLP.

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