Almost 20 years ago a controversial court case transpired which changed the lives of three young men from Arkansas forever. These 3 men are Damian Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jesse Miskelly. The murder of three children in the forest by the names of Chris Byers, Michael Moore, and Stevie Branch. The three boys were reported missing on May 5th, 1993, several hours after they left Weaver Elementary School at the end of the school day. The bodies of the boys were found the next day in the woods in a creek, in an area called Robin Hood Hills.
These 3 young men were the lead suspects in the case after a secretly taped recording with Damien Echols, and a confession from Jesse Miskelly. They were arrested shortly after and put on trial.
Jesse Miskelly was tried separately from Echols, and Baldwin due to his confessions. All the victims parents were convinced they committed the murders. The pre-trials began on August 4th, and the trials ran from there.
After the initial trials, Damian Echols was sentenced to death, and the other 2 suspected criminals both received life in prison without parole. The men tried to fight the conviction several times, but they were denied each and every time. A support group called free the west memphis three started, and over time more and more people joined, and led to the 3 men receiving a re-trial, with new evidence. In the end they accepted a plea deal in which they say that they're guilty, but walk as free men. Also some of the victims parents now believe they were in fact innocent.