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    • Jason Baldwin, Jessie Misskelley, Damien Echols (left to right)

    LITTLE ROCK (KTHV) - The defense team for the West Memphis Three unleashes what they call a new round of evidence. It's evidence they say points the finger at another suspect in the 1993 murders of three young boys in West Memphis.  

    The person now in the spotlight is Terry Hobbs. His stepson was Stevie Branch was one of the three boys killed in 1993. Forensic experts for the defense say a hair of Hobbs' linked him to the murders but he's always denied any wrongdoing. Now the latest claims stem from a nephew of Hobbs and what that nephew allegedly told some friends.

    It was a day on the Red Carpet for Damien Echols, one of the West Memphis Three, at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah. The festival is showcasing a new documentary on this nearly two-decade old case. Also in Utah was one of Echols attorneys, who joined us via Skype and dropped a new bombshell in this case.

    "We had three affidavits from three boys that had contact with Terry Hobbs' nephew and in different instances Terry Hobbs nephew confessed to what has been quoted as the Hobbs Family Secret," Patrick Benca said.

    The secret, Benca says, alleges Terry Hobbs killed the three boys in 1993.  And his nephew, Michael Hobbs Jr., allegedly told that to three friends, who came forward to the West Memphis Three defense team.

    "Obviously this is hearsay and there's some concern about that but Steve Braga had all of the boys flown to Washington D.C. and all three passed with flying colors," Benca said.

    In a media statement, the defense team said one witness said the nephew was "dead serious" when told about the "Hobbs Family Secret." Another witness said after listening to a conversation between Terry Hobbs and the nephew's father, one of the men said, "I am sorry, I regret it," while the other said, "You're in the clear, no one thinks you're a suspect, those guys are already in prison."

    "I think they need to look into it; if he didn't do it, he didn't do it," Jessie Misskelley said.      

    Jessie Misskelley, another member of the West Memphis Three stayed off the Red Carpet Friday with Echols and still maintains his innocence. 

    "Somebody knows who done it," Misskelley said.  

    Benca says this latest evidence has made its way to District Attorney Scott Ellington for review. He was in Jonesboro Friday but KAIT reports Ellington had no comment and said he's waiting until Monday to talk.

    There was no official reaction from Terry Hobbs on Friday. We did try to get a hold of Hobbs as well as his attorney but were unable to reach them. But we do know that our CBS affiliate in Memphis, WREG, went to Hobbs' work Friday. They say he was there but wouldn't comment.    

    Again, Terry Hobbs has always maintained he had nothing to do with the three murders.

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