Support for the ‘West Memphis Three’ has been gaining ground after forensic evidence proved there was no connection between Damien Echols, Jason Baldwil and Jessie Misskelley and the deaths of three eight-year-old boys in Akansas, USA, in 1993.
A retrial was ordered in November but by the time it begins the trio will have spent another year behind bars. And although the evidence appears to prove their innocence, the defendants will have to cover the costs of re-testing the material.
Disturbed are selling the track 3 for 99c on their website to help cover the cost of justice – and urge their fans and fans of heavy music in general to contribute. David Draiman’s outfit say: “For nearly 18 years the West Memphis Three have been imprisoned for crimes they didn’t commit. They were condemned by their property, incompetent defence, Satanic panic and a rush to judgement by the media".
New hearings are to be held in December – but the defence are facing a massive bill to prove Damien, Jason and Jessie are innocent.