New DNA evidence in West Memphis 3 case
New DNA test results were released this week in the high-profile case of three men imprisoned – one on death row – for the 1993 murders of three 8-year-old boys in Arkansas. Known as the “West Memphis 3,” the defendants – Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley and Jason Baldwin – have claimed innocence since their arrest shortly after the murders and are seeking a new trial on appeal.
DNA testing conducted on appeal has now revealed a male profile at the crime scene that does not match any of the three defendants nor the victims. Attorneys for the defendants say they are seeking a new hearing in the case this summer.
Read media reports and watch video on the new developments
: WMC-TV, Memphis, 07/20/07
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