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20 years later, question marks surround West Memphis murders

(WMC-TV) - Today is the 20th anniversary of the brutal murders of three West Memphis Cub Scouts.

A prosecutor says no credible new evidence has come up to point to a new suspect in those killings.

Eight-year-olds Stevie Branch, Michael Moore and Christopher Byers disappeared 20 years ago today.

Their bodies were found the next day.

Just last month an Arkansas judge denied the parents' victims access to evidence in the case. An attorney presented possible new suspects in the hearing.

Prosecutor Scott Ellington told The Jonesboro Sun that his office gets calls and tips weekly - but nothing changes his opinion that the three men originally convicted in the case are guilty.

Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr. spent 18 years in prison before a plea agreement in 2011 allowed them to go free prior to a retrial.

"The judge who sentenced me to die said my execution should be carried out on May 5th of 1994. 19 years ago today. Seems like yesterday." Echols tweeted this morning.

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