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Re: “WM3 supporters rally at State Capitol, call for case to be reopened.

Before someone accuses me of it, I don't have anything against law enforcement, I had a brother-in-law that was a cop and I was a 9-1-1 dispatcher for 8 years and worked in the control room in a 500 bed jail for another 8. I have learned though experience, not all cops are honest and neither are all experts and lawyers including prosecutors.

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Posted by Terri Trotti on 06/21/2015 at 3:02 AM

Re: “WM3 supporters rally at State Capitol, call for case to be reopened.

After watching a documentary, West of Memphis, made in 2012 and showing now on Pivot about the case, I really believe that Terry Hobbs, one of the stepfather's was the killer. He was arrested recently for beating his wife bloody then when friends came to help her go to the police there was an argument, Terry went to his truck grabbed his gun then took a swing at one of the guys. When the guy swung back and Terry ended up on the ground, he pulled out the gun and shot the guy and threatened to shoot anyone else who came near him. His ex's all say he was violent and anyone who knew his stepson Mark, knew the kid was scared to death of him as Terry also beat him on a regular basis. Terry Cobb's hair was found embedded in the twine used to tie the boys up and the DNA of one of Cobb's friends was also found on items found in the area. Police never interviewed neighbors etc., many which came out and said they saw Terry Cobbs with the boys right before they disappeared, he was yelling at his stepson.

They showed parts of the first interview of Jessie shows that he was held from 9am until the question ended about 12 hours later. He just wanted to go home the whole time and said at first they didn't do it. He told the cop that it happened about noon, the cop then kept feeding him information so he would agree to it, he said kept giving different times until the 6:30 to 7:30 time frame came up. The kid had not information other than what that cop fed him while leading him to say what he wanted him to.

Other's have testified that the guys were with them at the time, one was at a wrestling match where several people came forward saying they saw him there. One was playing video games with them etc. The county where this happened is the only one where the prosecutor controlled the crime lab, so he controlled what information came out of that lab. There is a town full of people who have come forward over the years but the judge, friend of the prosecutor refused to hear any new testimony including DNA evidence. Many of the people voted for him to become a senator when he ran so they could get him out of the way but no such luck, he lost. They finally got the the state Supreme Court who demanded they be allowed to present all new evidence. They knew they didn't have enough to convict them, and there was more than enough to free them. They told them if they took a plead deal they could get out of prison right away. Jessie didn't want to take the deal, he said he would stay in prison until he could prove innocence, but the deal was all 3 or none so he finally gave in to save the other two, one who was still on death row. The county wanted that deal because the 3 guys could of sued for millions once they proved they were innocent, so part of the deal was they couldn't sue. They 3 knew they were railroaded once and were afraid they would never get out, even though many people felt they would be proved innocent, so they took the deal just to be free.

They have proven some of the bite marks on the boys were caused by animals including snapping turtles, which are found in the water where they were found. Hobb's ex-wife found one of Terry's partial dental plate in a locked box safe, overlay photos online by experts show that the plate matches the bite marks on one of the boys, Stevie Branch's forehead. There is one part of the bite that is much deeper, that is because that space was where one of his real teeth was, next to the partial. Echols, Misskelly and Baldwin where tested and the bite mark matches none of them.

I used to be in favor of the death penalty, I changed my mind years ago, once dozens of people were proved innocent by DNA or other people's confessions. Some cops will do whatever they can to claim they found the killer and prosecutors want to convict people so bad to up their stats, that we have killed too many innocent people. They are proving the eyewitness accounts aren't as reliable as once thought, you can have 10 witnesses and 10 different descriptions. Unfortunately we don't live in a world where everyone is honest and give it their all to make sure they have the right people.

I am downloading the HBO documentary Paradise Lost 3 - Purgatory which is the 3rd in a series they made about the case, this was finished after the DNA evidence was discovered. They held the release when the plea bargain deal came up and updated it to include the result of the hearings. It is available on demand if you have HBO and West of Memphis is still running on Pivot if you have that channel. I have Directv.

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Posted by Terri Trotti on 06/21/2015 at 2:40 AM


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