Defense Says No Sign Of Sexual Assault In WM3 Case

    3:26 PM, Aug 13, 2009   |    comments
    • Jason Baldwin, Jessie Misskelley, Damien Echols (left to right)
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    Dr. Janice Ophoven, a forensic pathologist, said there was no evidence that Christopher Byers, Steven Branch and Michael Moore were sexually assaulted. Ophoven testified at a hearing for Jessie Misskelley and Jason Baldwin, who were convicted in the boys' deaths along with Damien Echols.

    The two claim they had inadequate legal counsel when they were convicted of the killings in 1994 and are seeking a new trial.

    The three 8-year-olds were found dead in a watery ditch a day after they disappeared in 1993.

    The hearing began Monday and is expected to last all week.

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