Memphis Three to Appear in Arkansas Court on Friday

Another mystery in the Memphis Three case? An Arkansas court has called a short-notice hearing Friday for three men who were convicted in 1993 of killing three young boys. All the men—Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley Jr., and Jason Baldwin—are expected to appear in a Jonesboro court. The state attorney general’s office would not comment on the case because of a gag order on the participants. All three were convicted of murdering second graders Steven Branch, Michael Moore, and Christopher Byers in an alleged satanic ritual. The boys’ bodies were found mutilated in a ditch, hogtied with their own shoelaces. Echols, considered by prosecutors to be the ringleader, was sentenced to death in May 1993, and Misskelley and Baldwin were given life sentences.