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Peter Jackson Wraps Up West Memphis Three Documentary

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Director Peter Jackson has completed the documentary highlighting the West Memphis Three.

The documentary, West of Memphis, directed by Amy Berg, will chronicle the three Arkansas men accused of murder as teens.

Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley Jr., and Jason Baldwin were arrested of murdering three 8 year old boys in 1993.

They were charged and convicted in 1994, with Misskelley and Baldwin receiving life sentences.

Echols, 18 at the time, was sentenced to death.

Many celebrities contributed money to the West Memphis Three's defense, with Jackson being very vocal about the cause.

In August 2011, the "Three" entered a special plea to cut their sentence to 18 years 78 days, the time they served in prison.

They still maintain their innocence.

Jackson wants to help Echols get exonerated of his crimes.

If the documentary does well, it would become a great asset towards a governor's pardon.

The West Memphis Three are also subjects for HBO's Paradise Lost series.

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