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Governor Not Inclined Toward Clemency for 'West Memphis Three'

JANUARY 9, 2006 - Posted at 7:45 a.m. CST

 

WEST MEMPHIS, AR - Governor Huckabee says he's seen no evidence that would incline him toward granting clemency for any of the three men serving sentences in the deaths of three eight-year-old boys twelve years ago.  The so-called "West Memphis Three" - Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jesse Misskelly, are in prison for the murders in 1993.  The convicted killers were teenagers when Steven Branch, Christopher Byers, and Michael Moore were killed.

Asked on a call-in TV show about his views on clemency for the convicted killers, Huckabee says he's had a lot of letters and correspondence, mostly from out-of-state people who saw a television special on the case or read an article about it.  He says he hasn't seen any evidence that hasn't already been checked out by the proper authorities.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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