Echols of West Memphis Three talks about Death Row

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on September 28, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Damien Echols, a member of the "West Memphis Three," will speak at Town Hall Seattle on Friday night.

Before the event, Echols stopped by KING 5 to talk about his new book, his time in prison, and his fight to prove his innocence.

In 1994, Echols was one of three teenagers tried and convicted for the 1993 murders of three 8-year-old Cub Scouts in West Memphis, Arkansas.

Dubbed the "West Memphis Three," Echols was sentenced to death, while his co-defendants, Jessie Misskelley, Jr. and Jason Baldwin, were sentenced to life in prison.

In 2007, forensic evidence was found that couldn't be connected to the victims or the defendants, and in 2010 the "West Memphis Three" reached a deal with prosecutors to enter Alford pleas.

The three men were released for time served after spending over 18 years in prison.

In his book, "Life After Death," Echols shares about his childhood and his time on Death Row.

Echols will speak at Town Hall Seattle at 7:30 p.m. Friday night. The event costs $5.

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