Jason Baldwin, Jessie Misskelley, Damien Echols (left to right)
Retired Craighead County Circuit Judge David Burnett oversaw the original 1994 trials of the three men known to supporters as "the West Memphis Three." Burnett retired as of January 1, but a spokesman for the Arkansas Administrative Office of the Courts says he will continue to serve as a special judge for the appeals.
Burnett ultimately dismissed the DNA claims raised by Damien Echols, but allowed Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley to present evidence that that they were inadequately defended in their 1994 trials.
Those hearings are scheduled to continue January 28.
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