THE WEST MEMPHIS THREE HAVE BEEN FREED!!!!
Thank you to all the supporters!!! Amazing things happen when we ban together.
The world was watching and it helped set these men free!
*** Friday, August 19th, 2011, all parties involved in the ongoing legal cases of the West Memphis Three have agreed to a plea agreement, which has resulted in the immediate release of all three men. ****
FREE THE WEST MEMPHIS THREE
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In 1993, shortly after Steve Branch, Christopher Byers, and Michael Moore (all 8 years old) were found murdered in West Memphis, Arkansas, police arrested Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley and charged the three teenagers with murder based solely upon an error-filled and police-coerced false confession, extracted from 16-year-old Jessie Misskelley Jr. Jessie Misskelley recanted his statement immediately upon being released to his family, stating that the police forced, via threat and the lure of money, the story he told, but it was too late. Misskelley, Jason Baldwin and Damien Echols, known as The West Memphis Three, were arrested—then convicted of murder. Stunningly, Jason Baldwin, 16 at the time and a model student, was sentenced to life without parole; Jessie Misskelley got life plus 40 years, while Damien Echols was sentenced to death.
Damien spent 18 years in solitary confinement on death-row awaiting death by lethal injection for a crime neither he nor Jessie nor Jason had anything to do with.
The West Memphis Three had been wrongfully convicted for crimes they did not commit. But, crucial new evidence of their innocence has been uncovered including crime scene DNA that absolves the three men and points to others. Some of the country's leading pathologists found that much of the forensic evidence presented to the jury, which helped convict the young men, was false and not consistent with the cause of death nor wounds found on the bodies. All this new evidence was scheduled to be presented at the evidentiary hearing this December. Jason, Jessie and Damien are now free men....but we will continue to fight to clear their name.
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