- Brian Chilson
- TOGETHER: The West Memphis 3 will be in New York for film tonight.
Circuit Judge David Laser of Jonesboro last week amended his order releasing defendants in the West Memphis 3 case so that all three of them may appear together.
The change was needed for the three to be together tonight in New York for the debut of “Paradise Lost: Purgatory” at the New York Film Festival. It’s the third in a series of documentaries about the case.
Under original terms of the plea agreement, which released them after guilty pleas to reduced charges for the 1994 slayings of three West Memphis children, Damien Echols and Jason Baldwin agreed not to associate with any other felons except each other. This allowed them to leave together that day. The third defendant, Jessie Misskelley, agreed not to associate with any felons except family members who might have a felony record. Though the men pleaded guilty in return for release, they were allowed to continue to assert their innocence under a rarely used legal procedure.
Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington issued a statement about the change: