Jason Baldwin, Jessie Misskelley, Damien Echols (left to right)
The defense says neighbors say they saw Stevie Branch, Christopher Byers and Michael Moore with Branch's stepfather, Terry Hobbs, just before their disappearance. Click here to read that story. The boys were found murdered the next day, May 6, 1993.
Those new witnesses were never question during the investigation and have come forward now after learning more details of the case.
Statement by Terry Hobbs' attorney:
Today, in his latest attempt to free their convicted clients, Dennis Riordan has produced affidavits which, sixteen years later, falsely claim that Terry Hobbs was with the three victims of the crime between 5:30 and 6:30. The affidavits prove nothing.
This is the latest lie put forward by Dennis Riordan and the Damien Echols defense team. Dennis Riordan lied when he claimed in a press release that his Habeas filing included a chronology of events that implicated Terry Hobbs, when in fact the time of death stated in Riordan's own filings is consistent only with the innocence of Terry Hobbs. Despite the press attention focused on this case, Riordan has never been questioned about this false statement.
Dennis Riordan lied when he said in a press release that new evidence placed Hobbs at the scene of the crime, a statement which Riordan himself (and his DNA expert) contradicted in the Habeas petition and his November 1, 2007 press conference. Despite the press attention focused on this case, Riordan has never been questioned about these contradictions.
Dennis Riordan has also dishonestly withheld comment on other evidence that is consistent with the innocence of Terry Hobbs. The Memorandum In Support of Petition for Habeas Corpus filed by Riordan on October 1, 2007 states at pages 106-107: "Tony Anderson, the fingerprint evidence expert on the crime scene when the victims' bodies were discovered" a print was found at the scene "within five to ten feet of where the first body was located, and it was at an angle that made clear that it had been left by someone who had been in the water." Anderson compared the print to the convicted, the victims and every police officer on the scene, and found no match. The fingerprint is "powerful circumstantial evidence" that someone other than the three accused committed the charged murders, according to Dennis Riordan's own filing. This fingerprint does not match Terry Hobbs. The Arkansas State Police excluded Hobbs as the donor of this fingerprint. This evidence has not been publicly commented upon by Dennis Riordan because he is too busy with his dishonest attempts to create an alternative suspect. Despite the press attention focused on this case, Riordan has never been questioned about the fingerprint evidence.
Similarly, Dennis Riordan's DNA filing also includes a hair that was also found in the shoelace used to bind a victim that is inconsistent with Terry Hobbs, the victims, or the accused. Riordan has never mentioned this hair in a public statement. Again, Dennis Riordan is concerned only with falsely accusing Terry Hobbs of this crime to create an alternative suspect to assist his convicted clients. Despite the press attention focused on this case, Riordan has never been questioned about the hair from which Terry Hobbs has been excluded as the donor.
Click the links to the right to read more details about this case.