Today, the West Memphis Three (Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley Jr., and Jason Baldwin) were released from prison. In case you are not familiar with the WM3 the three were convicted of murdering three young boys in West Memphis, Arkansas on May 5, 1993.
I remember the murder and the trial that followed and how as a child I had been scared of the three boys because of how evil they were (not to mention Satanic followers). Of course that is not the reason I was scared of them. I was scared of them because the state media had painted them in that light.
As time passed and documentaries were made about the WM3 I realized that my fear had been misplaced. It also became evident to me that the evidence that had put them behind bars for the rest of their lives (Nichols was sentenced to death) was circumstantial at best.
The one key piece of evidence was DNA. The state had stated that DNA put them at the scene. As the years passed the DNA continually was questioned, until this year when it was proven that none of the three's DNA was actually at the scene.
The state, however, would not back down and made no intentions to look back at the case.
Today the three, in a compromise with the state, admitted guilt and were released from prison for time served.
The two not on death row say that they changed their pleas to guilty in order to save Nichols life.
In my opinion it is good that the men are out of jail as I do not believe that they had anything to do with the murders. Unfortunately because of the guilty please the state of Arkansas now considers the murders to be a solved case and that means the killer or killers will never be sought.
Three innocent men were released from prison, and yet justice still has not been served.