Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Correcting a real-life horror

  • The New York Times reports on new evidence in the case of the West Memphis Three.
Outside the umbrella of this blog, yes, but worth hearing about nonetheless. The WM3 case is one of this country's most embarrassing travesties of justice. Ironic that I read about this on Halloween.. that's the way these things roll.
In 1994, three teenagers in the small city of West Memphis, Ark., were convicted of killing three 8-year-old boys in what prosecutors portrayed as a satanic sacrifice involving sexual abuse and genital mutilation. So shocking were the crimes that when the teenagers were led from the courthouse after their arrest, they were met by 200 local residents yelling, “Burn in hell.”

But according to long-awaited new evidence filed by the defense in federal court on Monday, there was no DNA from the three defendants found at the scene, the mutilation was actually the work of animals and at least one person other than the defendants may have been present at the crime scene.

Supporters of the defendants hope the legal filing will provide the defense with a breakthrough. Two of the men, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, are serving life in prison, while one, Damien W. Echols, is on death row. There was no physical evidence linking the teenagers, now known as the West Memphis 3, to the crime.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is so disturbing.