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July 19, 2007

According to the DNA Status Report filed on July 17, "none of the genetic material recovered at the scene of the crimes was attributable to Mr. Echols, Echols co-defendant, Jason Baldwin, or defendant Jessie Misskelley." 

WMC-TV has video available with this story, which includes an exclusive interview with Terry Hobbs (stepfather of victim Stevie Branch).  Please click here to watch. 

Reported by Janice Broach
Court documents reveal new details in the case of the "West Memphis 3"
July 20, 2007 09:55 AM EDT

DNA evidence may connect family member to West Memphis 3 crime scene

A jury convicted the West Memphis 3 nearly 14 years ago of the murders of three eight-year-old boys: Michael Moore, Stevie Branch and Christopher Byers.

Now, a high powered defense team is trying to prove Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley didn't do it.

New DNA testing by the defense shows that none of the genetic material recovered from the murder scene links Echols, Baldwin, or Misskelley to the scene.  Instead, defense attorneys say, the tests found DNA from Terry Hobbs, the stepfather of one of the murdered boys.

Thursday, Hobbs told Action News 5 he didn't do it.  "I'd have to laugh at that and say there's something wrong with someone who would think that," he said.

Hobbs claimed a private investigator from the defense team told him one of his hairs was discovered in a knot in one of the shoe laces used to tie up the three eight-year-olds.

"If Michael Moore or Christopher Byers had a piece of my hair on shoes strings, these little boys came to my home and played with our little boy pretty regularly," Hobbs said.

The DNA results also revealed, according to court documents, that most of the DNA at the crime scene came from the victims, but some of it cannot be connected to the victims or the defendants.

"I don't know what to think about it," Hobbs said. "It's their job to do what they do."

Hobbs, now divorced from Stevie Branch's, mother said he's not worried, because he knows he has done nothing wrong.

Prosecutor Brent Davis would not comment about the DNA, but did file a report acknowledging that DNA from the West Memphis 3 was not discovered at the crime scene.  Davis also acknowledged there was a hair discovered in the knot in the shoelace.

Davis said he believes the West Memphis 3 are guilty, but he has agreed to allow the defense to do more DNA testing.

Fox 13 out of Memphis has video, so please click this link to watch.

DNA Evidence Could Free 'West Memphis Three' 
Hair at Crime Scene Matches Victim's Stepfather
Wednesday, 18 Jul 2007, 7:13 PM CDT
WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (WHBQ FOX13 -- Three teens - now grown men - have all been tried and convicted for the 1993 murders of three little boys. Now 14 years later, DNA evidence could tie one of the victim's family members to the crime scene. FOX13's Cori Lake reports from West Memphis on the reopened investigation.

Fox 13 also has video with this, so please click here.

Evidence Emerging in West Memphis Three Case  
Thursday, 19 Jul 2007, 6:07 PM CDT 
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WHBQ FOX13 After 14 years, new evidence is emerging in the West Memphis Three case. It's a case that's still getting national attention. The new evidence has a mother of one of the three little boy's murdered wondering if the men serving life in prison are innocent.

WMC-TV has a story and video, please click here to watch.

Reported by Janice Broach
DNA evidence may connect family member to West Memphis 3 crime scene
July 19, 2007 10:18 AM EDT

More than a decade after three young West Memphis boys turned up dead in a drainage ditch, Action News 5 has learned DNA evidence may connect a family member to the crime scene.

14 years ago, three 8-year old boys were found murdered in West Memphis. Now, there is new information about the investigation.

The murders literally shocked the world.

It used to be wooded but after the three boys died it was all cut down. Now there may be new evidence that could lead to a hearing for the so -called West Memphis Three.

Our cameras caught the high powered defense team made up of international forensic scientists and an attorney from California when the group came to the Arkansas State Crime Lab in Little Rock in May.

They came to look at DNA evidence in the West Memphis Three case hoping to find something that would lead to a new hearing for Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley. What they have discovered is now coming out.

A Lieutenant from the West Memphis police department interviewed Pam Hobbs and her ex-husband Terry Hobbs recently.

Pam is the mother of Stevie Branch, one of the three 8-year-old boys murdered 14 years ago in West Memphis.

Sources say DNA from Terry Hobbs, Stevie Branch's step-father, was discovered in the rope used to tie up one of the boys.

Pam Hobbs recently did an interview that aired on Action News 5 in which she said she believes another suspect is still out there.

"I feel like the ones that killed my son, the three that were tried and convicted, they are guilty but I am like everyone else, was there someone else out there other than those three," said Hobbs.

The bodies of the three young boys were found in what was known as Robinhood Park in West Memphis.

Stevie Branch and Michael Moore died from drowning, and Christopher Byers died from blood loss after he was stabbed in the groin.

The West Memphis Three are behind bars. Damien Echols is on death row. All three say they are not guilty, despite their convictions.

The new West Memphis Three defense team hopes to get a hearing on the new evidence sometime this summer.

Arkansas prosecutors are also looking at the case.
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