Hearing Continues Today for Misskelley

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - One of three men convicted in 1994 of killing three boys in West Memphis is to ask a judge at a hearing today in Jonesboro to grant him a new trial.

Jessie Misskelley Jr. and Jason Baldwin say they had ineffective counsel when they were convicted in the 1993 slayings of the three 8-year-old boys.

Baldwin had a hearing last week. Miskelley's portion is to begin today.

A hearing for a third defendant, Damien Wayne Echols, who received the death penalty, was held previously, and he was denied a new trial.

The three were convicted of killing second-graders Michael Moore, Steven Branch and Christopher Byers.

Echols was tried separately and sentenced to execution. Baldwin and Misskelley were sentenced to life.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)