Surprise court session slated for Friday; WM3 going free?

The judge in the West Memphis Three case has scheduled a surprise court session for Friday, August 19. Speculation is that all three will be set free. Deal could lead to release of West Memphis Three.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys are working out a deal that could result in the release of the West Memphis Three murder defendants as early as Friday, according to legal sources and relatives of victims.

A source close to the case said the pending deal involves the immediate release of defendants Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley in return for pleas to lesser charges. All three were convicted of capital murder in 1994. Echols was sentenced to death, while Baldwin and Misskelley are serving life terms.

A local news station has a video interview with Steven Branch, father of one of the murdered children, confirming that he has been told that at least two of the West Memphis Three will be set free, including Damien Echols.

Another local news station reports, “Late Thursday, the Arkansas Department of Corrections did confirm Echols, Baldwin and Misskelley were ordered to take all their belongings with them to Crittenden County, at least for Friday’s hearing. It all sets up for an explosive judicial session where justice, and possibly freedom, for the West Memphis Three could be on the line.”

Speculation will be moot soon enough. I’ll wait until we have solid facts to comment further.

11 thoughts on “Surprise court session slated for Friday; WM3 going free?”

    1. This website is filled with more speculation than facts. It seems as though whenever a question can’t be answered, the two documentaries are just accused as being ‘propoganda’.

      Three innocent men have had to plead guilty as their only option out of prison. For this, they will not receive any compensation for the past 18 years they spent wrongly behind bars. I hope their efforts outside of prison work to track down and convinct the true murderer/s based on the DNA found at the crime. These men deserve 18 years of their lives back.

  1. The outcome of the Casey Anthony case was probably one reason why the prosecution accepted the Alford Plea. It seems that juries nowadays are populated by morons who won’t convict unless the actual crime is on videotape. SMH.

    1. I think that is what many supporters are expecting to have is a movie of the actual crime. What they do have is two guilty by jury verdicts and 3 guilty pleas, a Prosecutors dream.

  2. I’m surprised that the supporters would not have wanted them to wait for the DNA testing so that they could prove their innocence after all this time. Instead they plea guilty, that proves nothing except that they are probably guilty.

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