Habeas Filing Challenges 'West Memphis 3' Convictions

Last year, TalkLeft called attention to the serious questions surrounding the convictions of three teenagers -- dubbed the "West Memphis 3" by the media -- for the gruesome murders and mutilations of three 8-year-old boys. In a court filing yesterday, defense attorneys raised those questions.

[A]ccording to long-awaited new evidence filed by the defense in federal court on Monday, there was no DNA from the three defendants found at the scene, the mutilation was actually the work of animals and at least one person other than the defendants may have been present at the crime scene.

An HBO documentary, Paradise Lost, and a follow-up documentary highlighted the problems with the case against the defendants. Court documents and considerably more information about the case can be found at this website.

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