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New DNA Evidence Found In West Memphis 3 Investigation, New Hearing Set This Year

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If you paid attention to the news back in the early 90s, you probably knew all about the West Memphis 3 case and its controversial verdict.

Even Johnny Depp and Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder went public on their disagreement with the trial.

Need to refresh your memory? No problem.

Three teens were found guilty in the case of the brutal murders of three Arkansas boys. They were sentenced with the death penalty (for Damien Echols) and life in prison (for Jesse MissKelley and Jason Baldwin).

How were they suspects? Time was running out for the police department, and the pressure to arrest someone quick was hot.

Soon they found three teenage boys who wore all black and listened to heavy metal. Jackpot.

There was no evidence of involvement other than what many believe to be the coerced confession of Jesse MissKelley AFTER the arrests. At the time of confession, MissKelley was without legal representation and fell close to the border of mental retardation.

MissKelley later retracted his statement, claiming he was becoming increasingly fearful of the police, and that it wasn't clear to what he was actually confessing to.

Using the murky confession and the prosecution's claims of satanic ritual motives, the jury decided their fate.

HBO quickly aired documentaries, Paradise Lost 1 & 2, to increase national awareness.

All had seemed lost for the seemingly innocent men, but now it looks like they have hope at last.

Brand new DNA results have been released which exclude the West Memphis 3 from the murders.

It has also come to light that Echols requested papers alleged to have held one of the boy's wet clothes be tested, but the papers never made it to the evidence box. When asked for presentation now, the police department cannot find them…

Thanks to all of this new information, hearings have been granted for all three men. They are set to be held in December of 2011.

With the justice system failing before, and now especially with the news of an error made in Casey Anthony's case, we sincerely hope true justice can finally be served.

Not just for the West Memphis 3, but also for the peace of those murdered - Stevie Branch, Christopher Byers, and Michael Moore.

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30 comments to “New DNA Evidence Found In West Memphis 3 Investigation, New Hearing Set This Year”

  1. 1

    it seems the justice system is failing a lot these days people are no longer trusting the justice system anymore sorry.

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    Yes, I follow the case, and that's fabulous news. And a poster below says the justice system is failing a lot, and I agree. These are scary times. Thank God for DNA testing now.

  3. pols says – reply to this


    this post was written with the most biased and subjective set of facts. obviously this site isnt newsworthy but what happened to stating objective facts. and how exactly has the justice system been failing? have you stepped into an inner city courtroom or are you just basing your facts on the the media's sensationalism? stick with the gossip.

  4. 4

    Wow, I remember watching the HBO documentary on these guys in the 90's and sometimes I still randomly think of them. It saddened me so much and I can't believe they're still in prison. I hope they get released but I doubt they'll ever have a normal life. I remember them talking about being raped in prison and how depressed they were.

  5. 5

    I am happy to hear they will be getting a new hearing. I had followed this and had hoped there would be some break.. Even one of the slain boys father believes they are innocent. They should have had a hearing years ago… I suppose its better late, than never…

  6. Linny says – reply to this


    well, thank goodness for this. These guys have spent many years behind bars and derserve a new hearing. The families of the murdered boys deserve justice as well.

  7. 7

    I'm glad that they are getting a new hearing. Hopefully justice will be served.

  8. 8

    I was just over at the Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills message board on IMDB. There are some horrible people on there that believe without a doubt the Memphis 3 are guilty. They mock and belittle people, I'm losing faith in humanity.

  9. 9

    so was one of them hanged?

  10. 10

    Re: pols – well I understand your point but Perezhilton.com is a blog about the news and gossip out there, so almost every post are about his opinions and points of views. I dont understand why people come on here and trash him and say that he is late on reporting news. He is not a reporter, he is a blogger. Try a news website for unbiased info.

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  12. 12

    I'm so glad they're getting a new hearing! I sure hope they finally catch the real culprit in this.

  13. 13

    It's great that something is finally being done. This was a true miscarriage of justice. This is what happens when a jury bases their decision on how someone looks and assumptions, not actual evidence. There is no possible way any of them are guilty. Even the parents of the murdered boys now believe in their innocence.

  14. 14

    let's see this is the 8th time new DNA evidence has been introduced but still find more evidence the wm3 killed these boys………hmmmmmmm

  15. 15

    "Brand new DNA results have been released which exclude the West Memphis 3 from the murders." You know this? How? Aside from that, I hope they are found innocent and that the idiot police who arrested them because they looked like trouble get in trouble. Nonetheless, three young men have been in prison for all this time and I am sure have suffered greatly. They will never be the same.

  16. 16

    When people say they hope the police get in trouble for what they did remember this, We arrest the suspects and file charges on what we feel they have done. its then up to the DA to present the case to a court and jury. Then a NON LAW ENFORCEMENT jury decides the verdict. So the police should suffer no consequences from this arrest. And onto our "Failing Justice System", most of you can only name a small handful of mistakes law enforcement have made in the last 20 years. Think of all the suits doctors and surgeons have faced in which peoples lives are lost because of mistakes.

  17. 17

    This "crucifying the cops" mentality our misinformed generation has is sickening. Try to remember all the red tape we have to cut through in order to simply do our jobs (Which is to protect the public). And once again, the verdict of this "Failing Justice System" was made by normal people who believed the facts presented before them were sufficient enough to find these boys guilty. Maybe the outcome was incorrect but that's why they are presenting the case again. I can't stand listening to an uniformed society slander the name of those who live and die to protect them and their rights. Our justice system isn't failing, its struggling to work around all the bullshit and red tape. It's only fault is the amount of freedoms it allows us that keeps it from doing its job better. You think these cops need punished? Go view an Officer Memorial Page and look at the names and faces of young men and woman who have died to protect you and your rights.

  18. 18

    Re: Mr. BlueLine – Looks like there's a self-absorbed cop out there.

    The justice system isnt all about you, officer! People know its ab the jury too. And prosecutors. Thats why its called the system…

    Also, why are you so offended? Are you one of the AR policemen? If not, its not about you. If so, be the change and find those papers!

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    Re: pols – Do you even know anything about the case? If so then you'd know 98% of the people disagree with it. This is a blog, btw. Objectiveness is for the anchors. Besides, I think he did a great job at not being any more bias with such a case.

  20. 20

    Re: lalababy0929 – well put.

  21. 21

    thank god this is over and the new dna cant be used.

  22. 22

    Perez, you should be ashamed. If you're gonna post about horrific child murders, you should get the facts right, not just regurgitate the murderers' PR.

    The evidence is overwhelming that Echols, Baldwin and Misskelley were guilty as charged. They beat, sexually assaulted, tortured and killed a group of second-graders just for kicks. Misskelley did not confess once and recant — he confessed multiple times, in great detail. All three killers told friends about doing the crime. Echols bragged about it in public. Read more at wm3truth.com.

    Just because Eddie Vedder and Johnny Depp think they were innocent doesn't make it true. The WM3 is the most moronic cause in the history of moronic causes. Torturing and killing little kids is not cool!

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    Re: davidjk – That website is run by rednecks who don't want AR's name ruined. The real facts are out there, in multiple LEGIT sources, that clearly show the scale leaning toward innocence.

  24. 24

    Re: ChloGlow

    I've been called many mean names on the internet, but "redneck" is a first. Thanks! Now squeal like a pig for me.
    My actual motive for running wm3truth.com is more like bemusement at groupthink run amok, and disgust at the sort of groupthink that turns guys who torture and kill children for kicks into beloved folk heroes.
    Have you actually read Jessie Misskelley's multiple confessions from *after* his conviction? He described the killings in great detail, over and over and over. There's no mystery here. The justice system worked just fine in this case. It's the celebrity cause adoption system that let us all down.

  25. 25

    Re: davidjk – AHA! So you admit you're running it!

    Shameless plug. Shameless.

  26. 26

    Re: davidjk – And P.S. I am from the region, and I have been keeping up with this since before the nation knew about it. Yes, I am well aware of all of the facts as well as all of the speculation.

    The truth is coming out, and I am beyond excited for the lives of innocent men.

    The justice system is run by humans; therefore, it will be flawed. Just like you and I both are are flawed.

    It isn't a crime wanting any system ran by your own government and your own people to perfect itself as much as it can.

    In fact, that's real patriotism.

    I am thankful for your website. It only increases public awareness and discussion on the topic. Thank you for being a part of the discussion. Though your opinion differs from mine, I believe it will ultimately help in the majority's goal to free innocence!

  27. 27

    You don't have your facts straight. Jessie M. gave several confessions, & never "recanted" any of them. "New DNA" hearings have been brought up several times, & there's been no new trial, as of yet, & there won't ever be. Damien, Jason, & Jessie tortured, & murdered those little boys, who are the REAL "WM3". May Chris, Michael, & Steve RIP.

  28. 28

    Re: splook

    Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. During the testimony, MissKelley told prosecution why he confessed and how it was false.

    I love how some people are still so hell bent on the image of the justice system.

    Also, I'm pretty sure this is David under a different name.

  29. 29

    Re: ChloGlow

    During what "testimony"? Misskelley did not testify at either trial. When he talked to prosecutors after his conviction, he gave another full confession. He also made a full confession to his defense lawyer after his conviction. It's all on tape. You can read both transcripts online.

    I don't expect anyone to take my word for any of this. If you're interested, read up for yourself — primary documents, not just movement propaganda. If you're gonna put your reputation on the line for guys accused of torturing and killing little children for kicks, you really should check the facts for yourself.

    Perez Hilton, I love you man, but you should be ashamed of yourself for posting this.

  30. 30

    –I was one of the reporters on the case from the moment the news broke. These men are innocent. Plain and simple.

    –There are some anti-WM3 sites out there trying to skew the information backward, but the truth is coming out. About time.

    –Perez, you should be very proud of yourself for bringing topics to light other than movie stars' dating lives.