April hearing planned in new appeal of 1993 WM killing case - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

April hearing planned in new appeal of 1993 WM killing case

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Attorneys say the first hearing in an appeal by one of the men convicted as teenagers in the 1993 slayings of three 8-year-old West Memphis boys will be held in April.

Dennis Riordan, a lawyer representing death-row inmate Damien Echols, says a hearing was scheduled for April 14 in Craighead County Circuit Court at Jonesboro. Riordan says the hearing, initially set for a judge to examine evidence from a wide-ranging appeal on Echols' behalf, likely will set a schedule for the case.

However, Riordan says it will be the first time in a decade a court has addressed issues raised on Echols' behalf.

Echols and two others were convicted in the slayings of Stevie Branch, Christopher Byers and Michael Moore. Echols, now 33 years old, was the only one sentenced to death.

 

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