November 4th, 2010
10:25 AM ET

Court to consider new trial for West Memphis 3 convict

The Arkansas Supreme Court has agreed to hear motions for a new trial for West Memphis 3 convict Damien Echols' case.

That means Ehols and others will be able to present new evidence that could exonerate them at a hearing, which could result in a new trial for the teens who were found guilty more than a decade ago of killing three young boys in Arkansas, according to Echols spokesman Lonnie Soury.

Echols maintains his innocence 16 years after he and two other teens were convicted of murdering three Cub Scouts - Michael Moore, Christopher Byers and Steven Branch. On May 6, 1993, police in the rural community of West Memphis, Arkansas, found their bodies bruised and mutilated, their arms and legs hogtied with their own shoelaces.

Echols, along with 16-year-old Jason Baldwin and 17-year-old Jessie Misskelley, were found guilty a year later. Echols received a death sentence, while Baldwin and Misskelley were sentenced to life in prison. The three teens became known as the West Memphis 3.

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  1. McLovin

    just let them go, they probrably wont kill anyone you know, they are simply misunderstood.

    November 4, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Wild Hurricane

    Great scientific work.

    November 4, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Wild Hurricane

    According to the evidence, these boys are inocent. Great police endeavors.

    November 4, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Wild Hurricane

    Crazy jurist prudence.

    November 4, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. kim

    Wow is there any dna did they confess what went wrong with the investigation..

    November 4, 2010 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |