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100 years ago

June 13, 1918

VAN BUREN -- Three men and an 18-year-old girl, foreigners, living near Bonanza, were arrested on a Frisco passenger train here late today by Dave Henry, deputy United States marshal of Fort Smith, on charges of unlawful liquor introduction. The marshal seized eight suit cases of whiskey containing 108 quarts and valued at $350. The prisoners were jailed at Fort Smith.

50 years ago

June 13, 1968

• Edmond Brian Keim, 10, apparently hanged himself accidentally with a section of plastic water hose he was using as a swing about 3 p.m. Wednesday in the backyard of his home on Kanis Road, 12 miles west of Little Rock, Deputy Sheriff Roy Hall said. Keim was dead on arrival at St. Vincent Infirmary. A doctor said his neck was not broken, and the boy apparently choked to death, Hall said. Hall said Korrine Evanna Keim, the boy's sister, looked out of the house and saw him hanging from a tree limb and called to an older brother, Larry, and a playmate, Richard Wylie, 14, who were in the front of the house.

25 years ago

June 13, 1993

• At the end of a traumatic month investigating the brutal slaying of three 8-year-old boys, West Memphis police Inspector Gary Gitchell appeared to be as surprised as anyone that three local teenagers are suspected of committing the crime. Asked what he thought about the arrest of local teenagers in connection with the deaths of children who were bound and beaten, Gitchell thought a moment before answering. "We've got a problem in this county with our youth. We need to be a lot sterner with parental guidance," Gitchell said on the day that suspects Charles Jason Baldwin, 16, Jessie Lloyd Misskelley Jr., 17, and Michael Wayne Echols, 18, first appeared in court.

10 years ago

June 13, 2008

• Damien Echols, convicted in 1994 of killing three West Memphis boys, hasn't proved his innocence through new DNA testing, the state Attorney General's Office contends in a recent filing in the 15-year-old case. Assistant Attorney General Kent Holt and Craighead County prosecutors argue that Echols -- 18 when he was sentenced to death -- hasn't been exonerated by several rounds of new DNA testing. "... Those unremarkable results do not (and cannot) demonstrate his actual innocence," state the court documents, filed May 30 in Craighead County Circuit Court by Holt and Craighead County prosecutors. The state's filing is a response to Echols' April 11 motion for a new trial.

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