Some new DNA evidence excludes West Memphis 3

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)- A new court filing indicates that new DNA testing has excluded Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley in the West Memphis 3 murder cases.

According to the report filed Monday with the Craighead County Circuit Court, there were three DNA samples taken from the sneakers of victim Christopher Byers.  The Bode Technology's laboratory facility in Virginia, which was selected to do the new DNA tests, found the same male source on two of the samples taken and one different male source on the third sample.

According to the laboratory, the analysis found that Echols, Baldwin and Misskelley were not contributors to those samples.

New hair evidence is still in the process of being tested by the laboratory, but they say that testing is nearing completion.

Counsel for Echols also requested the papers that the victim's clothes were dried on and partially digested fluid found during the autopsy of victim Stevie Branch also be tested.

The report indicates that the papers could not be tested because they could not be located by the West Memphis Police Department.

Also the fluid could not be tested because the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory informed Echols' counsel that the material had not been preserved.

The circuit court will be holding an evidentiary hearing on new evidence and juror misconduct in the original 1993 conviction of the three men who were said to have killed three boys.

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