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story.lead_photo.caption Jessie Misskelley

One of three men convicted in the deaths of three West Memphis Cub Scouts more than 20 years ago is back behind bars.

Jessie Misskelley, 42, was arrested about 9:30 p.m. Saturday on charges of driving without a license, no proof of liability insurance and one or no headlights, according to the Crittenden County jail's online inmate roster.

Misskelley, one of the men known as the West Memphis Three, remained in jail as of Monday afternoon in lieu of $785 bond.

He spent nearly two decades in prison after police found the nude bodies of Stevie Branch, Christopher Byers and Michael Moore, all 8, in a water-filled ditch near the Blue Beacon Truck Wash on Interstate 40 in West Memphis on May 6, 1993. The three had been beaten and hogtied.

After years of questions about the evidence in the case and attention from celebrities, Misskelley — along with Jason Baldwin and Damien Echols — was freed in 2011 after striking a plea deal in which the three pleaded guilty to lesser murder charges but maintained their innocence.

According to the agreement, the men must be employed, avoid drugs and submit to searches or seizures of their homes and cars without a warrant, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette previously reported.

"Basically, they can't get in trouble for the next 10 years," defense attorney Patrick Benca said at the time.

In a statement Monday afternoon, Second Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington said he didn't think Misskelley's arrest would affect his suspended sentence.

"I doubt any circuit judge in the state would revoke [Misskelley's sentence] based on three traffic violations," Ellington added.


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  • AuntPetunia
    November 27, 2017 at 4:09 p.m.

    In jail for traffic violations? He should’ve moved away

  • MaxCady
    November 27, 2017 at 4:36 p.m.

    I knew it was MissKelley just by reading the headline. He's the genius that got them all put away for a couple pieces of Chester Fried chicken! Why'd you do it, Jessie??!!

  • MaxCady
    November 27, 2017 at 4:45 p.m.

    Carve a swastika on his forehead and he'd look like Charlie!!

  • hah406
    November 27, 2017 at 4:54 p.m.

    This is the one that has an IQ of way below normal. And he is the one that got them all screwed in the first place. Thank God Baldwin and Echols moved out of state. I wish them peace and wellness.

  • LRDawg
    November 27, 2017 at 5:16 p.m.

    The others will be arrested soon. Karma's a b****

  • DEE672
    November 27, 2017 at 5:23 p.m.

    Something went on there with those little boys. I never could figure out that case. They didn't hogtie themselves nor kill themselves. If not these guys, who ?
    Anyone have a better understanding ?

  • NoUserName
    November 27, 2017 at 5:42 p.m.

    There are documentaries with alternative theories. I seem to recall there was something about an uncle pf one of the murdered boys. I think many, though, agree that if nothing else, the accused were railroaded. Guilty or not.

  • punk47
    November 27, 2017 at 6:53 p.m.

    Thug 's got away with it

  • PopMom
    November 27, 2017 at 7:23 p.m.


    The plural of thug is "thugs". "Thug's" is possessive as in "The thug's gun was stolen." Who are you suggesting is the thug? I've only glanced at the documentaries, but I believe NUN is correct and it was an uncle or stepfather, etc. If there is no DNA preserved, it may remain a mystery.

  • CartoonDude
    November 27, 2017 at 9:18 p.m.

    Misskelley confessed to the killings three times, and the third time was after he was convicted and heading to jail. His lawyers were begging him not to do it. Apart from trying to assuage his conscience, I so no gain in confessing again at that point. It's on YouTube--check it out for yourself.