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Three men in Arkansas convicted of killing three young boys and dumping of bodies and it did turn now free.
A judge accepting a plea deal to release the man known as the West Memphis three after they spent eighteen years behind bars.
In one of those controversial legal cases in the State's history.
A jury found the man guilty of murdering the eight year old boys back in 1993.
In what prosecutors at the time had called some sort of this botanic ritual.
Investigators say the -- drowned two of the boys and mutilated the third before throwing their naked bodies in a drainage ditch but supporters of the three have been fighting for years to get them released.
Claiming that new DNA evidence could exonerate them.
Jonathan -- revenues now and -- of and how these guys end up winning their freedom.
Well Greg they had been gaining support from everyone from celebrities to forensics experts pointing to that new DNA evidence potentially showing some holes than the original case.
In court today they use what's called and -- Berkeley this is there a legal maneuver where the defendant.
A potentially -- -- appear in this since.
But admit that prosecutors have sufficient evidence to likely convict them here's what the prosecution -- about this deal listen if there's.
Judge granted and they -- proud.
-- when we walked out of detonate trowel maybe a year from now the end of the defendants most likely.
I mean we wouldn't do the best we could put on evidence than most likely these defendants.
The site blades.
Could very easily have been acquitted.
Now under this plea bargain -- the three defendants Jason Baldwin Damien tackles and -- he -- Kelly will be placed on ten years' probation.
But they are otherwise completely free -- -- How -- the victims' families reacting to this.
A year there's really been mixed reaction you have the adoptive father of Christopher byers.
One of the victims who says he believes that the three men.
Are innocent and then you have Steve branch to carry the same name.
As his son who was murdered back in 93 saying that he's uncomfortable.
With the idea of the Alford plea and then even for the three men who were freed from prison today it's bittersweet -- This is not yeah.
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-- -- -- -- -- -- -- And that was Jason bald win co defendant Damian at -- says that the three will continue.
Their own investigations.
To prove they're in -- -- only now they'll be able to do it.
Of a prison cell -- Jonathan -- and Atlanta Jonathan thanks very much.
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