The West Memphis 3 defense team continues its work on behalf of the three defendants.
Pam Hobbs, mother of Steve Branch, one of three 8-year-olds killed in the 1993 West Memphis slayings that became the West Memphis 3 case, says new information unearthed in the recently released documentary, "West of Memphis," has persuaded her to call for the state of Arkansas to reopen the case.
Hobbs' statement follows the release by a West Memphis 3 defense team of information about affidavits pointing toward Hobbs' ex-husband, Terry Hobbs, stepfather of one of the three slain children. The affidavits are from young men of college age — as yet unidentified — who are friends of Hobbs' nephew. The young men, who responded to publicity about a tip line, say Hobbs' nephew told them that his father had said Hobbs had implicated himself.
The new information is double hearsay, from a legal standpoint. But Lonnie Soury, a spokesman for the cause, terms it the "first real connection" between Hobbs and the deaths. The hope is that it will pressure others to come forward.
Terry Hobbs has steadfastly denied any involvement in the death of the children and some of his denials, as well as statements from others that contradict some of his accounts, are included in the recent HBO documentary, "Paradise Lost: Purgatory."
Jonesboro Prosecutor Scott Ellington had said in agreeing to release of West Memphis 3 defendants for time served that their guilty pleas closed the case. But he also said he'd be willing to review anything produced by those seeking to prove their innocence.