by Max Brantley
$100,000 is real money. So an offer of $100,000 for information leading to arrest and conviction of whoever killed three West Memphis 8-year-olds in 1993 has the potential of turning something loose.
That's the latest news from the group that worked to free the men convicted in the case last year. Their effort for complete exoneration continues.
$100,000 REWARD IN WEST MEMPHIS 3 CASE FOR NEW INFORMATION LEADING TO ARREST AND CONVICTION OF INDIVIDUAL(S) RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MURDER OF STEVIE BRANCH, MICHAEL MOORE AND CHRIS BYERS
CALL CONFIDENTIAL TIP LINE— 501.256.1775
PO Box 183, 6834 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, AR 72207
(Arkansas — February 28, 2012) In an effort to find the real killers of the three boys in the West Memphis 3 case, an anonymous donor has offered a $100,000 reward for new information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murders of Stevie Branch, Christopher Byers, and Michael Moore on May 5, 1993.
Billboards and radio advertising will promote the reward and encourage those with credible information to contact the confidential tip line as soon as possible. Attorneys for Damien Echols will review all calls and verify the information provided. All credible evidence will be turned over to Scott Ellington, Craighead County prosecutor, who has said that he will review evidence presented to him from Echols’s defense team.
Little Rock attorney Patrick Benca, said, “”There are people in Arkansas who have information about who killed these three little boys and we encourage them to come forward now. We want to bring those responsible to justice. We are not looking for theories, but for real information that can put the true criminal(s) behind bars.”
Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley were freed in August 2011, after serving eighteen years in the wrongful conviction murder of the three children in 1993. Their freedom was based upon a plea agreement in which, while maintaining their innocence, the three agreed to an Alford plea. They were released based upon time served. The three, men, who unequivocally claim they are innocent, nevertheless accepted the deal to get out of prison. They have vowed to continue to fight to seek justice in the case and want the real killers to be found.
Capi Peck, founder of Arkansas Take Action, said, “We know Damien, Jason and Jessie were not involved in this crime, and that those responsible are still in our community. It may be difficult to provide information about a murder, but it is the right thing to do. We are hopeful that this reward will motivate someone to help put an end to these tragic events.”