Lawyers for the West Memphis Three appeared before a judge in Jonesboro today to set a briefing schedule for the hearing ordered by the Arkansas Supreme Court on whether the three men deserve new trials in the killings of three West Memphis children in 1993.

Times senior editor Mara Leveritt, who wrote the ground-breaking book, “Devil’s Knot,” that spurred worldwide interest in the case, was on hand to cover the hearing. She reports a first-time court reference to secret DNA testing by Attorney General Dustin McDaniel’s office that seems likely to be a subject of much more discussion in future proceedings.

Her full report follows on the jump. You can also keep up with her ongoing coverage on her blog,