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Marion, AR - Will Carter Reports

Supporters of the West Memphis 3 Join Hands

June 2, 2007 - Posted at 6:16 p.m. CDT

MARION-"Now when people allover the world hear the words West Memphis, they think of the murders of three little boys, and the wrongful convictions of three other boys," said Kelly Duda as he spoke to a crowd.

Saturday afternoon supporters of Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley, Jr. filled the lawn outside the Crittenden County Courthouse in Marion.

"We are locking people up now without trial. Both citizens and non-citizens," said Rebekah Kennedy.

She was one of dozens who voiced their opinions of three boys who they say were wrongfully accused.

"There was such a lack of significant evidence, any real evidence linking the three that were convicted to the crime," said Mara Leveritt, author of "Devil's Knot."

So for fourteen long minutes, they stood....in silence....holding hands...

"14 minutes, representing 14 years of injustice have passed," remarked a supporter. 

"To realize that one minute that we were standing here represented one year of being locked up behind bars. I think that struck every one of us," said Leveritt.

Those who sat on the lawn of the Crittenden County Courthouse say the most disturbing words they may have read were those inscribed on the courthouse which read, "obedience to the law is liberty."

"There was no evidence that they were disobedient. We believe that was never shown in court. So they did not have liberty. The irony is pretty profound," said Levitt.

Jennifer Richardson and her husband travelled all the way from Delaware to show their support.

"Knowing they were children and they haven't even gotten to enjoy life shocked me personally, that it could stop at any time," said Richardson.

Nearly 50 were in attendance at the rally.

Supporters of the WM3 hope that DNA evidence will eventually free the boys and show that the justice system is full of flaws.


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