The 'West Memphis Three' have sensationally been released from jail today.
A special hearing took place today after the three left prison with all their beongings last night and all three have now been released.
More on this as we have it but just to re-iterate, the Memphis Three have been released from jail.
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In the early 90s, three eight-year-old boys were found mutilated and murdered in West Memphis, Arkansas. Three were arrested and police assured the public that the three teenagers in custody were definitely responsible for these horrible crimes.
Although there was no physical evidence, murder weapon, motive, or connection to the victims, the prosecution pathetically resorted to presenting black hair and clothing, Heavy Metal t-shirts, and Stephen King novels as proof that the boys were sacrificed in a satanic cult ritual.
Damien Echols was sentenced to death, Jessie Misskelley, Jr. was sentenced to life imprisonment plus two 20-year sentences, and Jason Baldwin was sentenced to life imprisonment.
The same police officers coerced an error-filled 'confession' from Jessie Misskelley Jr., who is mentally handicapped. They subjected him to hours of questioning without counsel or parental consent, audio-taping only two fragments totaling 46 minutes. Jessie recanted it that evening, but it was too late. Misskelley, Jason Baldwin and Damien Echols were all arrested on June 3, 1993, and convicted of murder in early 1994.
Steve Branch, the father of one of the victims, told WREG.TV yesterday that Damien Echols will be one of the men released and also said: "There's supposed to be a gag order on this but they're not going to gag me. They can put me in jail if they want to. I'll go to jail to stand up for my son's rights."
Recent tests on DNA evidence, including material from the crime scene, was found to not be a match to the defendants.
Many say Echols, Baldwin and Misskelley were wrongly convicted because police needed a quick solution to the case.