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Three men convicted in the deaths of 38 year old cub scouts in 1993.
Walked away free on Friday.
The men known as the West Memphis three agreed to would deal that let -- maintain their innocence.
-- acknowledging prosecutors have enough evidence to convict them.
The early evening -- 1993.
Three cops announced the missing ingredients and Chris byers and Michael Warner.
This lasted less than 24 hours and their bodies are found in -- -- in the -- They are -- the hot time.
Within weeks the police have their targets.
A trio of suspects.
Eighteen year old Damien -- sixteen year old Jason Baldwin.
And seventeen year old -- -- Kelly junior who was mentally disabled.
The three are believed to be members of the satanic cult.
And during police interrogation.
This Kelly cracks and confesses.
Implicating all three in the murders.
And animal life threatening to -- that group running the young man or convicted this Kelly gets forty years to life.
Baldwin gets life cycles is sentenced to death but over the years court appeals shine light on questionable evidence.
Terry Hobbs the stepfather of Stephen branch who was among the last scene with the boys.
And one of his -- -- was found tangled in the road games to tie them -- in addition.
One key prosecution witness later admitted she line.
A movement begins to try to exonerate the West Memphis three.
Celebrities like Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder jump on the band weight and even two of the victims' families like to bring them.
The legal title.
That it could have known as the placement is very.
The West Memphis three are said -- Bound by an agreement to plead guilty despite their claimed innocence -- father John is relieved.
They did not kill.
Joining an hour Scott Ellington prosecuting attorney in the arkansas' second judicial district.
Jeff Rosensweig attorney representing -- miss Cali.
And Patrick -- attorney representing -- hackles.
Gentlemen thank you and also we have doctor Michael Baden former New York City chief medical examiner and Fox News contributor.
Thank you all for being here tonight I'm gonna start with the the attorneys for the defendants.
Eighteen years have passed the forensic expert is dead.
There is no DNA connecting your clients to the commission.
All of these murders so why may even have your clients plead guilty.
Well our our representatives Jesse miss Cali and of course as was referred to.
There was a statement that was introduced -- evidence.
Against him it was taken under -- Suspicious circumstances of course he's mentally.
Borderline were targeted -- severe intellectual deficits.
They fed him.
Repeated facts and -- got him to.
Rehearse those facts told him that He would.
He needed to do it and those of the circumstances in which the statement was given.
The Arkansas Supreme Court upheld that and we knew -- -- in any retrial that might occur.
That statement would likely come in evidence again.
What although it excuse -- but it's my understanding that ms.
Kelly's statement and his confession was suppressed.
That's not correct -- not correct I was introduced against.
It was it was introduced in evidence OK and so I'll ask -- mr.
Banca I mean why have your client -- Well.
As has been eighteen years some mr.
Rickles was on death row.
And we were getting set to -- have a hearings regarding a new trial and we felt that we would win and actually get the opportunity to have a new trial.
But an opportunity presented itself where we can actually have them please call -- now from plea United's.
Actually North Carolina vs Al for.
And that gave them the ability to maintain their innocence.
And as well as it given the state the ability to -- count there com and considering they're definitely -- a convict all right.
And then go to the prosecutor you staunchly defend the verdict you say that it affirms the jury's.
Conviction of guilty from eighteen years ago.
But -- -- eighteen years of past there's no DNA connecting these defendants to the murder of these boys witnesses Spain.
Witnesses juror memories fade witnesses die.
What did -- think you can even get a conviction now.
What judge that's one of the reasons why we entertained.
The proposal for the -- offered plea.
And considered accepting that.
I mean we acknowledge that after eighteen years memories fade witnesses -- Evidence.
And we were able to at this it -- negotiate that in good faith that the opportunity if the defendants were willing to plead guilty.
We were willing to accept that and many forwarding close this case in and get back on our -- But let me run the doctor Baden were running out of time -- doctor the first autopsy you say was incorrect house.
Right I I think there were -- autopsy is that claim there was sexual mutilation.
Of the three children.
Which weren't sexual in new lives mutilation.
This is the main thing against the three kids that got the community you'll stirred up it was it.
Damage done to the children while they were in the -- -- after death by animal activity.
And this led.
This charge of sexual mutilation.
Fed into a satanic cult.
Charges against these three.
Young men there -- three innocent people I've wanted bullet of the forensic evidence they were wrongly committed -- convicted I think the confession isn't as a beautiful example of -- planted confession right -- -- by a an immature at eighteen days out of the foist that on an immature teenager and I think there's three of them are innocent and are real -- Is still out free.
All right now into both defense attorneys if you believe that your clients are innocent that means that there's someone else out there who could have committed these crimes who do you think it is.
There's no way to tell at this point -- better you know -- -- suspicions have fallen on various people such -- -- -- relative of one of the other boy is there's been some talk about that.
There was a person who's.
Was seen in the area rather dissembled bloody.
No one really knew who He was shortly after the boys disappeared really but before it was really know they were gone.
And but the West Memphis police didn't take it seriously and by the time they got around to trying to do anything there wasn't any.
Ability to get any evidence of any sort.
You we may never know -- well course that's part of the problem.
And and that's a shame of it but in any event gentlemen I'm sorry we don't have more time to talk about this I wanna thank you Scott Ellington Jeff Rosensweig Patrick bank and of course doctor --
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