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Kelly scores back in session on the docket today three men nearly twenty years after He -- heinous crime they now insist they did not commit.
-- hackles Jesse miss Cali and Jason Baldwin.
Dubbed the West Memphis three back in 1994.
They were all convicted of murdering.
Three young cub scouts in what prosecutors called a satanic ritual of the details of which are far too horrific to get into here.
Walked out of prison last week after pleading guilty to the crimes the first they pleaded not guilty they got convicted now twenty years later they pleaded guilty.
And were set free.
It's all part of a complicated legal maneuver that allows them to maintain their in the innocence while officially admitting guilt all in exchange for their freedom.
The deal was struck in light of new DNA testing that was not available the time the -- suggesting that the men's DNA was not presents presents.
But does that mean.
That they are innocent of these crimes.
Let's ask our panel defense attorney mark -- -- former prosecutor Arthur I dollars.
This case is so disturbing I I'd -- you get into the details of what was done to these three little boys.
But these guys have been in prison for tour for twenty years -- with one guy had the death penalty.
And now mark what was so amazing that the prosecutors went in there and said okay.
What we'll give you this deal where you can say you're guilty but you're gonna get out of jail free if you do it.
-- called -- out forward play these guys didn't want to do it but ultimately you know you've been out long.
Go ahead and do it.
The problem in this case is a lot of problems of first -- is that the evidence.
Was exclusively at least initially a confession a forced confession based on one co defendant who has the IQ of a five year old.
And He says his stick and by the way most of what He said.
Didn't make any sense He said it happened in the morning -- the victims were still in school at the time.
And then from that the big snowball downhill and ultimately these guys were convicted on telling Megan there was definitely not proof beyond a reasonable doubt and I think that justice to some extent was done.
They should be able to sue civilly as well.
And they're not they can't according to deal is struck Arthur this -- got a lot of notoriety Natalie Maines of The Dixie Chicks.
Several other rockers have got involved in this trying to -- these guys -- HBO did a couple of documentaries on -- -- bad but these guys are in a sense.
They have the wrong guys in jail.
And that one of these guys is gonna get executed for for not committing any crime while the real killer remains free and yes the prosecution even though it struck this deal as saying.
No I still think these -- the guys.
Any case -- and it takes -- a lot of work and a lot of evidence to convict people of this but it's of such high crimes death penalty crimes right.
So let me that's what we saw Casey Anthony Wright of jurors were able to convict on that top government what.
-- -- in this case besides the confession which they say was railroaded very questionable what look.
And not admitted it will second trial 1212 jurors heard this heard these these these facts twenty years ago.
I get a little bit -- research and try to you try to figure out what the actual evidence was.
But it only took the jury I think three -- four hours to convict them all of these very serious charges but in any case give the Fed -- Twenty years later to as the prosecuted to retry the case find the old investigators -- -- the the detectives find any of the witnesses finding the experts that's a -- really tough task.
I I don't understand there are a bit there wasn't there I thought there was some other evidence that tied these voices -- and I thought there was more than a confession.
That that that there had been admission.
One of these guys -- allegedly admitted doing and committing the crime -- three different witnesses who took the stand said.
115 year old -- twelve year old -- sixteen year old who all said that they heard this guy confessed.
To to murdering these kids.
Yeah He claims that He was joking around united said He wasn't the person that He is today back then but here's what happened you had some guy covered in blood.
Who went to a local -- angles and someone noticed that and police went that day after to seize this blood evidence and you know what they did.
They lost it the guy was not only covered in blood and mud like most expect the Cooper remark -- to be uncovered -- And they lost the evidence and furthermore let me -- that aren't there.
Let me just say this.
In this particular case -- give -- wanna get into the details but there was a sexual assault you would expect to find DNA you have -- As the unit I knew you gonna -- -- expect up all of a sudden they weren't trained to collect DNA the way the on now -- now DNA just par for the course.
Baghdad in 1993 that was not what they each that's not what we're looking for they were -- -- -- on particles.
Things like the prosecution -- -- it a prosecutor -- believes the guys are still guilty and then things that they have the evidence couldn't the prosecutors say I'll give you a retrial.
Yes they they can and -- -- it's very difficult.
For them to convict any anyone in any case seventeen years later especially without any DNA.
Why not try -- how is this better to just been basically let -- -- get out of jail -- -- -- -- the prosecutor made his decision is a brand new district attorney.
All -- come on you have to be lots of pressure lot of eyes looking at it there's alleges that he's a brand new district attorney there every district attorney's elected has to take politics into play and -- -- -- Has been a tremendous amount of pressure on him from -- different walks of life and obviously took all of that into account.
I don't know mark I look at this I hear that two to at least two of the parents and -- six parents and a total of these three boys.
We still an apparent that -- -- and say that they also believe these guys should be set free that they have real doubts about bear guilt.
I'm yet we don't know you know that's what bothers me about it -- we don't we don't know Wimbledon that's so why can't just have a -- -- -- this.
Absolutely and by the way the victim's parents -- need at least initially where these guys to be -- -- to -- fried and they've been following the case of they've come around.
Also DNA now reveals not only the absence of any of these defendants -- Points to what does it -- -- other potential.
Stepfather of one of the deceased a step at a terrible disease is gonna be and it's not if the mom did in this thing or are -- be there accused me.
Yeah or more until there is more tightly kept you really want the kids what movie or an hour and there's many of them hit the aquatic why would the right thing to do this -- to deal with the government can't be sued if you deal with a guy that we can't be hit for many -- and millions and millions.
Isn't -- different -- I gotta -- good -- guys -- for -- for our -- there are serious questions about the company's three defendants in my view the better answer here would have been a retrial.
But that ship has sailed we'll be right back.
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