Byers initially claimed the knife had never been used. James Michael Moore is buried in Crittenden Memorial Park Cemetery in. After the documentary crew returned to New York, Berlinger and Sinofsky were reported to have discovered what appeared to be blood on the knife. Vicki Hutchison has confirmed that she bought Jessie the whiskey that day, and although she's a highly unreliable witness I don't see why she'd admit to buying alcohol for a minor unless it was true. If they re-offend they can be sent back to prison for 21 years.
Prosecutors claimed the killers sexually mutilated the boy in a satanic ritual. Archived from on March 14, 2014. Charles Jason Baldwin Charles Jason Baldwin born April 11, 1977 along with Misskelley and Echols, entered an Alford plea on August 19, 2011. First, Detective Bryn Ridge asks Aaron if any of his friends have told him what they think happened. Aaron says because he untied himself and that's when he ran. The prosecution called Dale W.
But Gitchell told the Memphis Commercial-Appeal the next day, on Feb. . Urine was later found in the stomachs of 2 of the victims, but that information was given by phone only to Gitchell, and not before May 16th, 1993. Other witnesses also claimed to have seen him with Damien while Damien was bragging about the murders. The manager called the West Memphis police, but the officer who responded took a perfunctory report from the drive-through window and never entered the restaurant. Police had initially suspected that the victims had been raped because their anuses were dilated. Please correct me if I'm wrong but I think what you're getting at is that there are.
Police believed the boys were assaulted and killed at the location where they were found; critics argued that the assault, at least, was unlikely to have occurred at the creek. Graphic -You can also see what appear to be clear serration patterns on the wounds on Chris Byer's thigh. We strongly recommend subscribing to the Convicted podcast feed for more stories of injustice. So basically, everything Jesse said about Jason was coerced by the police because the police needed Jason to be guilty. His lawyer, Dan Stidham, remained in the room and continually advised Misskelley not to say anything.
Because he looked and acted differently from others--oh the irony! But then, she says, her husband walked out on the family, and Hutcheson and her two sons had to move into a house trailer. He recently joined the Army and hopes this will help him get his life on track. He stated in his report for Echols's legal team that there was no evidence the murders were linked to satanic rituals and that post-mortem animal predation could explain the alleged knife injuries. Though employees at Bojangles cleaned up the mess later that night, West Memphis police did find blood samples when they finally investigated a few days later. Gitchell holds a press conference to announce the arrests. There was a cut on his cheek, and noticeable trauma to the boy's penis and ear, which coincides with Jessie's statements.
She further asserted that the police had implied that if she did not cooperate with them they would take away her child. Hutcheson now says her testimony was a complete fabrication. Would you look at that and see if you have seen that particular item before? Byers was the only victim with drugs in his system; he was prescribed methylphenidate in January 1993, as part of an treatment. He has a chance to get out. The supporters just refused to even consider the possibility they did it and I found myself believing more and more in their guilt. I … I always know how to do that. It doesn't make sense, because if he had, he could've made himself look really good.
Bray met with Vicki and Aaron Hutcheson again a week later. In the film, Jacoby doubts whether he spent as much time with Hobbs that night as Hobbs suggests. If this is the case why did Jessie cop to it? Christopher Byers had lacerations to various parts of his body, and mutilation of his scrotum and penis. Misskelley's father gave permission for Misskelley to go with police but did not explicitly give permission for his son to be questioned or interrogated. March 21, 1994 In the sentencing phase of the trial, the jury sentences Jason to life in prison and Damien to death. Sorry Henry Rollins, but a lot of people grow up pissed off and listening to shitty music but they don't all kill kids. Devil's Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three.
It was upsetting because I too was a mentally ill, weirdo in a small town and I related to Damien because of that and a lot of people I admired like Jello Biafra, Henry Rollins, Eddie Vedder, etc were big supporters. Today, 11 years later, Aaron can no longer be sure he actually witnessed the murders. Topics of discussion range from the prosecution's use of religion as a motive at Sandra Melgar's trial, to the confusion over the missing television set. All three defendants pleaded not guilty. In early December 2010, David Burnett was elected to the. Victims Memorial for the West Memphis Three victims Stevie Edward Branch, Christopher Byers, and Michael Moore, were all second graders at Weaver Elementary School.
Echols, Echols' co-defendant, Jason Baldwin, or defendant Jessie Misskelley. You cut or stab with a knife. King gave the officers a pair of sunglasses he thought the man had left behind, and the detectives took some blood samples from the walls and tiles of the restroom. John Mark Byers said that Christopher Byers may not have taken his prescription on May 5, 1993. Hutcheson told Cazort her story, and said she wanted to do what she could to free three innocent boys from prison. Though the kid changed his story numerous times and eventually said that he was forced to take part in the murders though he actually had an alibi.