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Victim's mother still searching for closure after West Memphis 3 release

(WMC-TV) - The mother of one of three 8-year-old boys murdered in West Memphis, Arkansas in 1993 spoke out Thursday for the first time since the release of the West Memphis Three.

"The only thing I want is justice," said Pam Hobbs.

Hobbs, mother of Stevie Branch, shared her feelings on the release of Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, who became known as the West Memphis Three.

"I said once those guys are out, there will be closure," said Hobbs.  "But there is not."

Hobbs said she had no closure because the West Memphis Three pleaded guilty under a deal to get out of prison in August.  Echols is off of death row.

All three made it clear to the judge they did not commit the crime when they pleaded guilty.  New DNA evidence and a new defense team made a conviction in a new trial unlikely.

"Did Damien, Jessie and Jason actually murder my child?" asked Hobbs.

Hobbs said she does not believe they did.

"My hope is that they will do whatever it takes to prove they are innocent and help me find who actually murdered my child," she said.

Hobbs said she plans to watch the third Paradise Lost documentary, "Purgatory."

"I don't know how to explain how I feel," said Hobbs.

She said she does not expect any surprises from the documentary because she has been following the case like the filmmakers.

"Purgatory" will have its Memphis premiere at the Indie Memphis Film Festival on November 6.

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