by Max Brantley
The attorney general's office gets it, apparently. It is not objecting to requests for additional DNA testing of evidence gathered in the West Memphis Three murder cases. Those cases are headed to Supreme Court-ordered hearings on new evidence and the allegation of jury misconduct in trials that convicted three men in the slayings of three West Memphis children. One defendant, Damien Echols, is on Death Row.
Until the landmark state Supreme Court ruling that opened the door to consideration of DNA, not available to defendants in the 1994 trials, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's office has resisted every effort at justice for the defendants and sneered at the mounting evidence of the kangaroo court the men received.
Lonnie Soury, a spokesman for a group working in behalf of the defendants, said:
Speaking for Damien Echols, Lorri Davis and Arkansas Take Action, Lonnie Soury
"We are very pleased that the Attorney General's office has decided to move ahead quickly with DNA and forensic testing of materials that we requested from the crime scene and other sources. We are confident that further scientific testing will contribute to the body of evidence of the innocence of Damien, Jason and Jessie."