West Memphis Three

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The West Memphis Three I sit in a crowded court room. I am a juror in the case of the State vs. Damien Echols and Jason Baldwin. Everyone in the country has heard about the West Memphis Three. The murders of Steven Branch, Christopher Byers, and Michael Moore took place on May 5, 1993 in Robin Hood Hill West Memphis, Arkansas.(West Memphis 3) They have been headline news for over a year now. I already have an idea of what I think happened before I have even heard one word from either side. I could just feel the tension in the room as the defendants walked into the courtroom. People who had been talking and moving about just suddenly stopped to watch as Damien Echols and Jason Baldwin walked to their seats with their attorneys…show more content…
What if that was your son, brother, or nephew? Every one of you in this room heard what those girls said. Jessie Misskelley confessed. They did it!” I did not say a thing; no one did. I did not want to get in a debate right before we went out into the courtroom. How could he be so blind though? What clear evidence did he see? I was not convinced they were guilty. After that the trial started with the evidence of a knife found in a pond behind Jason Baldwin’s trailer park. I thought to myself I might actually get some proof now that these boys were linked to these murders. They claimed this was the murder weapon and that the victims’ wounds were consistent with this knife. The State Medical Examiner testified that yes one of the boys wounds were from a knife but the person doing the cutting would need some skill and plenty of light to do what they had done to this little boy.(Paradise Lost) This even confused me more. The police had said the boys died between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. so there would have been no light in the woods of Robin Hood Hills that early in the morning (Free West Memphis 3). The State then brought in an expert, Dale Griffis, in occult killings; later when the Defense cross-examined him we found out he had a mail in order degree from the Columbia Pacific University. (Paradise Lost) He said everything in the killings was
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