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    Judge Denies New Trial For West Memphis Three

    8:00 PM, Sep 10, 2008   |    comments
    Jason Baldwin, Jessie Misskelley, Damien Echols (left to right)
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    Circuit Court Judge David Burnett issued an order Wednesday denying the request. Lawyers for Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley -- known by supporters as the "West Memphis Three" -- had requested a new trial, arguing that new DNA evidence clears their clients.

    Both Baldwin and Misskelley claim their lawyers failed to adequately represent them during their separate trials. Their lawyers also say DNA evidence provided by Echols' defense team shows the men did not kill Steven Branch, Christopher Byers and Michael Moore.

    The Arkansas Supreme Court has upheld their convictions. 

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