In a decision that surprises no one, Judge David Burnette rejected motions filed for new trials for Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr. Wednesday.
Stevie Branch, Michael Moore, and Christopher Byers were brutalized and murdered before being discarded in a drainage ditch in 1993. Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Miskelley Jr. were arrested after police obtained a error laden "confession" to the murders from Miskelley after hours of interrogation.
New DNA evidence points to other possible suspects, including one of the murdered boys' stepfather.
These men deserve new trials, at the very least. The killer or killers of these three boys may be walking the streets, and three men, one of them facing lethal injection, may be sitting in an Arkansas prison innocent of the crime.
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