As we reported in January, it was looking like Damien Echols and his two fellow members of the “West Memphis Three,” Jamie Misskelley and Jason Baldwin, would be granted a new hearing. (Click here for some backstory on the case and its Buddhist connections.) It looks like that the time has come. Representatives of the WM3 are reporting today that “Lonnie Soury, a spokesman for defendants in the West Memphis Three murder case said Circuit Judge David Laser of Jonesboro has scheduled a hearing beginning Oct. 1 and lasting up to three weeks to consider evidence that the three are entitled to new trials based on DNA evidence and jury misconduct.”
The statement goes on:
Lorri Davis, Echols’s wife and co-founder of Arkansas Take Action, said, “We are very pleased that Judge David Laser has ordered a three-week continuous evidentiary hearing to review evidence of the innocence of Damien, Jason and Jessie. He clearly wants this case to move as expeditiously as possible. I am hopeful that upon a full review of the evidence there will finally be justice by years end. Every day in solitary confinement for Damien, and maximum-security imprisonment for Jason and Jessie, is a day in hell.”
For more, visit the WM3 website and see our previous coverage, which also includes links to information about the value of the practice of meditation and/or Buddhism for those who are incarcerated.