They had been beaten and hog-tied with their shoelaces.
At the time, the prosecution asserted that the boys were murdered as part of a satanic ritual. All three of the accused were convicted of the murders and sentenced to life imprisonment and, in Echols case, the death penalty which was never carried out by the State. Following the submission of new DNA evidence inthe State of Arkansas negotiated a plea agreement with all three of the accused and allowed them to submit Alford pleas which essentially asserts that while the three acknowledge that the State has enough evidence to convict them, they maintain their innocence.
The three were then released on time served. For many, this was enough to exonerate the three teenagers, now grown men. Damien has never come up with an Alibi for where he was during the murders.
Well, actually he has, per Damien: The problem was, my attorneys never called them to the stand. Lets examine these three actually four other peoples testimony, shall we? Do they exonerate him like he suggests? In a word, no. She said she spoke with him much earlier in the afternoon, around 3: She said she did not speak with him again until Damien called her around She says Jason answered the phone and she talked to Jason and Damien for about 20 minutes.
Jessie Misskelley has no alibi either. Here are the Luminol test results. They have never retracted this statement and gained nothing by coming forward, except to have their credibility attacked again and again by WM3 researchers looking to discount their sighting. Despite this, one of the key reasons Narlene Hollingsworth was called to testify was her reputation for brutal honesty, even when it came to her own children.
Odd that they forgot to mention this. Damien is a liar. He lies to his supporters to make his innocence seem more compelling and lies to make himself seem more of a martyr.
He lived in a trailer park in West Memphis, less than two miles away from the crime scene. He was known for walking around West Memphis constantly, and testified in He literally agreed with the prosecutor on the stand that he was moving events around depending on what time he needed to cover.
He was concerned about the effect this would have on his supporters. Not conclusive, but interesting. He then cried and gave Buddy a pair of sneakers source May — June — Jessie is heard crying, praying and apologizing in his room.
June 3, — Jessie arrived with his father for questioning and confesses. This is where people imply he was questioned for 12 hours. He arrived at 10am and confessed at 2: Only two hours of that time was interrogation source June 11, — Jessie confesses to his attorneys source August 19, — Jessie Misskelley met with his attorney, Dan Stidham, at the Clay County Detention Center and confessed again source February 4, — On the day he was sentenced, Jessie confessed to the officers driving him to the prison source February 8, Jessie put his hand on a Bible and swore to his attorney Dan Stidham that he, Damien, and Jason committed the murders.
As proof, he told Stidham that he was drunk on Evan Williams whiskey during the murders and the broken bottle could be found where he threw it on the ground under a bridge in West Memphis.
They found a broken Evan Williams bottle in the exact area that Jessie said it would be. He had no reason to do this, it was no benefit to him.
The jury never saw them. All those damning rumors?
The jury never heard them. I was a formally a big supporter, but as I read the case files it seemed more and more likely to me they did it. The supporters just refused to even consider the possibility they did it and I found myself believing more and more in their guilt.
It was upsetting because I too was a mentally ill, weirdo in a small town and I related to Damien because of that and a lot of people I admired like Jello Biafra, Henry Rollins, Eddie Vedder, etc were big supporters.
And as a reminder of how horrific this crime was: Urine was later found in the stomachs of 2 of the victims, but that information was given by phone only to Gitchell, and not before May 16th, There is no possible way Damien Echols could have had case- specific information unless he was there or knew someone that was that told him what occurred, as the detective interviewing him at the time was clueless to that fact during the interview.
At the time Damien mentioned this detail, no one would have known about this, except those directly involved with the crime.The Memphis Three Trials: A Chronology Damien Echols and Jason Baldwin during trial (Mar.
2, ) (photo: Lisa Waddell, The Commercial Appeal) WEST MEMPHIS THREE TRIAL HOMEPAGE. On May 5, , three little boys from West Memphis, Arkansas, went out for a bike ride with a promise to their parents that they would be home for dinner. The West Memphis Three: Where Are They Now?
Her Daughter Becomes A Pawn In The Dark Murder Plot. Main photos: Police Handout. This entry was posted in Crime History and tagged update. In , teenagers Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley, Jr., and Jason Baldwin were arrested and tried for the murders of three young boys in West Memphis, Arkansas.
At the time, the prosecution asserted that the boys were murdered as part of a satanic ritual. On May 5, , three little boys from West Memphis, Arkansas, went out for a bike ride with a promise to their parents that they would be home for dinner.
Somewhere along the way, the kids were murdered and thrown into a secluded, wooded area known to locals as Robin Hood Hills. Timeline of events in the West Memphis Three case Aug.
4 The three plead not guilty to capital murder at a pre-trial the West Memphis Three defendant who spent18 years on Death Row before.
The West Memphis Three are three men who while teenagers were tried and convicted, in , of the murders of three boys in West Memphis, Arkansas. Damien Echols was sentenced to death, Jessie Misskelley, Jr.
was sentenced to life imprisonment plus two year sentences, and Jason Baldwin was sentenced to life imprisonment. During the trial, the prosecution asserted that the children were.