I was thrilled to learn this morning that Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, who were convicted in the
1993 deaths of 8-year-olds Michael Moore, Christopher Byers and Steven
Branch, may have a chance to finally prove their innocence.
A few months ago, we launched a postcard campaign calling for a new trial for Damien Echols, who is on death row.
This statement was released by Damien Echols' spokesperson Lonnie Soury:
"We are very pleased that the Arkansas Supreme Court ordered a new
evidentiary hearing to review the convincing evidence of the innocence
of Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley...These young men were convicted of a brutal crime
someone else committed, and we hope the state moves quickly to overturn
their convictions and seek to prosecute those responsible."
Let's hope this hearing is the first step in correcting what we believe is tragic miscarriage of justice.
Posted in Blog, Innocence
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Comment by kim luke, Jan 19th, 2011 9:29am
I saw a docomentary on this case years ago and i was convinced then that these three boys were innocent. I am praying that they will be released and I pray it will not take years for it to happen. I dont understand why the judge that has the power over this does not care enough to have a since of ergency to rectify such a horriable injustice to these boys. The mother of one of the boys does not believe they are guilty anymore. I believed her husband was the killer from the docomentary I seen, and now they have a hair consistant with him found on his step sons friends body and no dna from any of the three boys that were convicted was found. They convicted these boys with no evidence.My heart goes out to Damion , it will break my heart if they carry out his death sintence. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org I would like to help.
Comment by Teresa Roperr, Nov 15th, 2010 6:39am
I believe that only when there is indisputable physical evidence, or a guilty plea, should a "deth sentence" be handed out.