West Memphis Three 

The West Memphis Three are Damien Wayne Echols (b. Dec. 11, 1974), Jessie Misskelley Jr. (b. July 10, 1975) and Charles Jason Baldwin (b. April 11, 1977). In 1994, two juries found the men, who were teenagers at the time, guilty of murdering three 8-year-old boys — Steve Edward "Stevie" Branch (b. Nov. 26, 1984), James Michael Moore (b. July 27, 1984) and Christopher Mark Byers (b. June 23, 1984) — in May 1993 in West Memphis. Echols was sentenced to death, Baldwin and Misskelley to life without parole. They were released from prison on Aug. 19, 2011, under the terms of a rare legal maneuver called an Alford Plea, which required them to plead guilty while allowing them to maintain their innocence.

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  • Storage unit buy yields Damien Echols' journals

    WMCA in Memphis reports on a Bull Shoals man's purchase at auction of the contents of a storage locker apparently abandoned by Lorri Davis, wife of Damien Echols.
    • Jul 14, 2017
  • UPDATE Attorneys for Ledell Lee argue they should be allowed to locate, test DNA evidence collected in 1993 as part of innocence claim

    In a hearing this afternoon before Pulaski County Circuit Judge Herbert Wright, attorneys for death row inmate Ledell Lee argued that they should be allowed to locate evidence collected prior to his arrest in 1993, including a single hair and a Converse shoe with a pinhead-sized spot of human blood on it, for modern DNA testing. They hope testing can prove Lee's innocence by showing that the African-American hair found at the crime scene belongs to someone other than Lee, and that the speck of blood found on Lee's shoe does not belong to the victim in the case.
    • Apr 18, 2017
  • WM3 supporters rally at State Capitol, call for case to be reopened.

    Marking the twenty-second anniversary of the deaths of Stevie Branch, Chris Byers and Michael Moore, three eight year old boys left in a muddy ditch after being murdered in West Memphis on May 5, 1993, about 30 people rallied on the steps of the Arkansas State Capitol today, asking that the state to reopen the investigation into the boys' deaths.
    • May 5, 2015
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