Scott Ellington, the prosecuting attorney in the West Memphis Three hearing last year, told a Memphis TV station that he asked the defense to come up with a guilty plea offer that would allow Damien Echols, Jessie Miskelley and Jason Baldwin to go free. From the WMC News report:
The Attorney General told Ellington the defense asked for his consent to forego the evidentiary hearing and go straight to trial. "I said that would not be a good thing, because I was going to use that evidentiary hearing as a discovery mechanism to prepare for court later and the trials that would be upcoming," said Ellington. Ellington said he thought up a compromise. "I said, hey, if they want to resolve this case and get their guys out of prison now, let them come forward with some other offer that they would plead guilty and then we can discuss that," said Ellington. Ellington said the defense's Alford plea was the best solution for all. The plea allows defendants to maintain innocence while knowingly pleading guilty to serve their best interest. Action News 5 asked Ellington if he believed the West Memphis Three were innocent or guilty. "What I believe now is not really relevant, I guess," he answered. "It's what was the law at the time in the case."
Ellington is a candidate for Congress from the 1st District.