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Victim's family: Members of West Memphis 3 to be released

(WMC-TV) - The father of one of the boys brutally killed in West Memphis in 1993 told Action News 5 that two of the men convicted will be released during a hearing Friday.

Thursday afternoon, Action News 5 learned that all three men convicted in the infamous murder left a Super Max prison with all their belongings.  The men were placed in the custody of Craighead County officers ahead of Friday's hearing in a Jonesboro courtroom.

Craighead County Circuit Judge David Laser's office on Thursday said that Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley and Jason Baldwin will be in court Friday in Jonesboro. Laser's office refused to release any more details about the hearing. A gag order issued by Laser in April prohibits attorneys from talking to reporters.

The three men were convicted in 1994 of killing Stevie Branch, Christopher Byers and Michael Moore and leaving their bound bodies in a water-filled ditch in West Memphis. Echols was sentenced to death while Misskelley and Baldwin received life sentences.

The three have each asked for a new trial on the grounds that DNA evidence exonerates them.

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