No clemency planned for 3 convicted in West Memphis case - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

No clemency planned for 3 convicted in West Memphis case

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Gov. Mike Beebe says he is not considering commuting or pardoning the three men convicted in the 1993 slaying of three 8-year-old boys in West Memphis, despite recent efforts to free the men.

Beebe, speaking to reporters after an event Tuesday, said that Jason Baldwin, Damien Echols and Jessie Misskelley should go first to courts in seeking to either receive a new trial or win their freedom.

However, Beebe acknowledged that DNA evidence provides "a level of scientific certainty." When asked if he was considered commuting or pardoning the three, Beebe said "No. Absolutely not."

Supporters plan a state Capitol rally tomorrow for Echols, Baldwin and Misskelley.

 

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