Jessie Misskelley: 20 Years Later

    4:45 PM, May 3, 2013   |    comments
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    Jessie Misskelley, Sr. talks about the incarceration and freedom of his son, Jessie Misskelley, Jr. (Photo: Bre Conyers, THV 11)

    EARLE, Ark. (KTHV) - The only West Memphis Three member who remained in the West Memphis area after their release from prison is Jessie Misskelley.

    THV 11's Ashley Blackstone went to talk with him concerning the 20th anniversary of the West Memphis Murders, but Jessie ran away, not wanting to talk.

    However, his dad was willing to talk about what life has been like since his son was released from prison in 2011, after serving 18 years behind bars.

    Jessie is living with his girlfriend, on the same road in Earle as his dad. He was working for a nearby construction company, until he recently got laid off. Now his dad says Jessie lives off of about $500 a month, which comes from West Memphis Three supporters.

    Jessie's dad, Jessie Sr., said it's nice being able to see his son every day, a stark contrast to the years prior. Misskelley's dad said he drove 303 miles roundtrip to visit his son in prison each Sunday while he was behind bars. He said he didn't expect to be alive when Jessie walked free.

    While Sunday, May 5 marks 20 years since Stevie Branch, Christopher Byers, and Michael Moore were killed, Jessie's dad said the family hasn't talked about it.

    He also explained why Jessie won't talk to the media at all, saying, "because y'all are the ones that sent him to the pen."

    The other two men found guilty in the boys' murders were Damien Echols and Jason Baldwin; Echols is living in Salem, Massachusetts while Baldwin resides in Seattle, Washington.

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