This is amazing news. Their imprisonment has been an incredible injustice.
The WM3 are best known from the HBO documentary "Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills," and the sequel.
The documentaries are among the best ever made. They illustrate the crime, the suspects, and the wealth of evidence that the three convicted boys couldn't possibly have committed the crime. But no one in Arkansas cared. They had three "devil worshipers" in jail, and that was that. The sequel all but paints a bullseye on the real killer, but again, no one cared. Standing up for three child-murdering satanists was seen as political suicide, or there guilt was assumed.
A new trial where DNA evidence can be considered will hopefully free these tortured men.
Court orders new hearing for 'West Memphis 3' - U.S. news - Crime & courts - msnbc.com
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The three men convicted in the grisly murders of three West Memphis Cub Scouts won new hearings Thursday to argue their innocence, more than 15 years after they were sent to prison despite scant physical evidence linking them to the crime scene.
The Arkansas Supreme Court ordered the hearings to decide whether new DNA analysis — and other evidence not introduced at the 1994 trials — could lead a reasonable jury to acquit death-row inmate Damien Echols as well as Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, who are serving life sentences.
The ruling was a major win for Echols, Baldwin and Misskelley, who are known to sympathizers as the West Memphis Three and have gained the support of celebrities as well as legal scholars who say they were wrongfully convicted. Echols has been on Arkansas' death row since 1994, when he was 20, after being convicted in the deaths of 8-year-olds Steve Branch, Christopher Byers and Michael Moore. The three boys were found beaten, nude and hog-tied in an area known as Robin Hood Hills in West Memphis.
"Damien is thrilled with the court's decision," said his wife, Lorri Davis. "It is the best news he has heard in his case in the 17 years he has been on death row."