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The three men convicted in the 1993 killings of three West Memphis boys will be set free after pleading guilty today to first-degree murder if a judge approves, several sources close to the case said.

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Front Section, Pages 1 on 08/19/2011

Print Headline: Sources say deal will let 3 go free

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  • oneEYEopen
    August 19, 2011 at 5:19 a.m.

    I don't think I could plea guilty to a crime I did not commit, but then again I have not been locked up for the past 18 years...going home has got to sound good but I'd want to be exonerated in the end, public opinion will haunt these guys forever and ever if they plead guilty, this has got to be a hard call to make either way. Just sayin'......

  • plike_juno.com
    August 19, 2011 at 6:50 a.m.

    What are they thinking? Plead guilty and we'll set you free. This is just the easy way out for the state. In addition, the state will not be held accountable for wrongful imprisonment. If these men are guilty, there is no reason to try to find the real murderers.

  • TheGoodGuy
    August 19, 2011 at 7:05 a.m.

    No matter what happens, they will never be able to get a good job, live in a decent area, or do anything else they would want to do because they will be forever branded with this crap. If they hadn't been punks and dirtbags in the first place, they would have never been associated with this. If you act like someone who would do something like this, you will be blamed with doing it whether you did it or not. That's all I am saying.

  • dkpoko
    August 19, 2011 at 7:29 a.m.

    Isn't this the same kind of logic they used in Salem with the witches? I am ashamed of the prosecution for taking part in this charade. You cannot ask these three to make a choice like this, they have no faith in the system, how could they after 18 years?

  • deltacurrent
    August 19, 2011 at 7:32 a.m.

    I don't think anyone having spent 18 years in jail for a crime they did not commit is capable of making the right decision here. If you were convicted once of something you didn't do, would you trust that same system again with a new trial? They are innocent and even the mothers of the victims know it. Anyone with a brain knows they are innocent. Shame on the state for getting innocent people to plead guilty just to cover up their mistakes. They should admit to their mistake and do the right thing and let them go.

  • deltacurrent
    August 19, 2011 at 7:35 a.m.

    Any any judge or other elected officials that have played a part in these coerced guilty pleas should be thrown out of office.

  • truthfinder
    August 19, 2011 at 7:42 a.m.

    This is the worst kind of plea bargain. If these guys are innocent, and they plead guilty just to get out of jail, which probably anyone in their right mind would do, what does this set up for the future? What if the West Memphis police accidentally (and it would have to be an accident I'm certain) happen to catch the right person(s)? Now, we have the real culprit who goes to trial with a built in defense that somebody else has already pleaded guilty to the crime. Goodness gracious, if they are innocent, let them go without a plea and pay what you owe for incarcerating innocent folks. If they are guilty and had a fair trial, keep them locked up. Take a stand one way or the other, Mr. McDaniel.

  • Jfish
    August 19, 2011 at 7:57 a.m.

    In the end, the case boils down to whether or not you believe Miskelley's confession(s). And please don't come on here and tell me that he is mentally retarded, he was tested and yes he is not very smart, but he knows right from wrong and can recount what he did on a certain day. Were the confessions coerced, maybe? We will probably never know the truth, but at the end of the day the real victims are the murdered children and their parents and I think that has gotten lost in this circus.

  • TheBatt
    August 19, 2011 at 8:21 a.m.

    Amazing how a celebrity or two jumps on board a highly publicized case as ugly as this one, and public opinion suddenly jumps from believing these guys are guilty, to a wave of "not-guilty". No wonder our nation is so messed up in the political realm- people are far too easily swayed by little evidence, but lots of bluster and rhetoric.

    We live in a "post-CSI" era. Everybody thinks that the presence (or lack) of some special DNA evidence or other "smoking gun" proves guilt or innocence.

    The sad truth about this case: we may never know the whole story. We may never be able to know without ANY doubt who the killer(s) was in this case. The West Memphis PD did a pretty terrible job investigating, and there will always be questions about a young man's confession- especially under the circumstances. But many convictions have been won in our history on less-sold cases.

    I believ that any attorney with any brains would NOT allow their client to plead guilty to these charges, even if it meant being released. Too many $$$ hanging out there if there is some significant evidence of an improper or wrongful prosecution. A guilty plea just locks the case up, and prevents recovery for damages to the supposed innocent, and closes the door to the real killer (if it wasn't these three).

  • Mom2Gar
    August 19, 2011 at 8:46 a.m.

    These men are still just boys - since they have missed out on growing up and the real killer(s) are going to go free if the Three plead out. No justice is served for the little boys who were killed. No justice is served for the three who have spent half their lives in prison for a crime they didn't commit.

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