WM3 Defense Team Unveils New Evidence...

WM3 Defense Team Unveils New Evidence Against Victim's Step-Father

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Since: Oct 08

Little Rock, AR

#1 Jan 20, 2012
Little Rock -
The defense team for the West Memphis Three says it's has new evidence against the step father for one of the three victims, Terry Hobbs.
Hobbs is accused of being involved in the murder of the three boys. Hobbs' nephew, Michael Hobbs Jr., allegedly told his friends "My Uncle Terry murdered those three little boys."
The new witnesses underwent polygraph tests about what they stated Michael Hobbs, Jr. told them, and reportedly passed those tests.
The following is the complete press release from the West Memphis Three defense team:
(Mountain Home, Arkansas – January 20, 2012) Terry Hobbs' nephew, Michael Hobbs Jr., allegedly told his friends "my uncle Terry murdered those three little boys," according to declarations under penalty of perjury recently given to Damien Echols' defense team. The three new witnesses were polygraphed about what they stated Michael Hobbs, Jr. told them.
"One day Michael picked us up in his truck. He was very quiet and upset. Michael then said to us,‘you are not going to believe what my dad told me today. My Uncle Terry murdered the three little boys.' According to Michael, his dad called this ‘The Hobbs Family Secret' and he asked us to keep it a secret and not tell anyone."
Another witness stated, "One night last winter, Michael and I were playing pool in his basement when the third friend asked about the West Memphis Three case which had been in the news. Michael responded by saying,‘My uncle killed three kids in West Memphis.' Michael was dead serious when he said this."
The three little boys referenced in the declarations were found brutally murdered in West Memphis, Arkansas in 1993. DNA consistent with Terry Hobbs, stepfather of victim Stevie Branch, was later discovered in the knot of a shoelace used to restrain victim Michael Moore. Three eyewitnesses have also provided sworn statements that they saw Terry Hobbs with the three children on the day of the murders, immediately before they disappeared. Terry Hobbs has maintained that he never saw the three boys the day they were murdered.

Since: Oct 08

Little Rock, AR

#2 Jan 20, 2012
A third witness stated that he was at Michael Hobbs Jr's home in 2003 or 2004 when he was told by Hobbs Jr. that the two of them could not go down to the basement to play pool because Michael Hobbs Sr. was down there having a conversation with Hobbs Jr.'s uncle. The witness said that he " listened with Michael Jr. at the top of the stairs. I heard two men talking. One appeared to be very upset even crying and he said ‘I am sorry, I regret it.' The other man was trying to console him and said,‘You are in the clear, no one thinks you are a suspect, those guys are already in prison.'"
Echols' attorney, Stephen Braga of Ropes & Gray, said: "This is critical new information which reveals that the people closest to Terry Hobbs, his family members, may know much more about Terry's involvement in the West Memphis Three case than they have ever acknowledged. If this is the Hobbs Family Secret, then what a horrific cost that secrecy has imposed on the lives of so many people – perhaps most significantly Pam Hobbs who deserves to know what really happened to Stevie on the night of the murders, as do the Byers and Moore families. With the secret now out, let's hope that someone in the Hobbs family has the heart, the soul and the courage to come forward to tell the truth directly. In the meantime, I have given our investigative materials concerning these new witnesses – along with other related information - to District Attorney Scott Ellington for his review and action."
The new witnesses came forward after seeing a recording of the CBS News 48 Hours special on the West Memphis 3 case. At the end of that broadcast, attorney Stephen Braga was asked what's next in the effort to gain exoneration for the three after their plea deal. He responded: "Hopefully, some day we will find that smoking gun, that key piece of inculpatory DNA or a deathbed confession or a witness will come forward and say, "You know, this is really what happened."
Hearing those words moved the new witnesses to contact the West Memphis 3 Confidential Tip Line just a few weeks ago. The new witnesses were then interviewed by the Echols' defense team, signed declarations under penalty of perjury and passed polygraph examinations concerning what they say Michael Hobbs Jr. told them.
me say

Blytheville, AR

#3 Jan 20, 2012
I wonder how much they were paid to lie. There is a lot of money involved with the movie deals as long as the public thinks the killers are innocent. If they really are guilty all the money goes away.
local

Lake City, AR

#4 Jan 20, 2012
This is all a hoax created by the murdering 3. Do not believe any of this, hutch and (the lady that dumped him) wife is even helping with the lie.

Since: Oct 08

Little Rock, AR

#6 Jan 20, 2012
Well I don't disagree with you about the money, Peter Jackson seems to have bottomless pockets after Lord Of The Rings, but they all passed polygraphs. Adding it to other evidence collected they have a pretty strong case with motive being to silence the child fearing he'd reveal the molestation. It's the one thing that's brought many men over the years to do the unthinkable, most would rather die first. You have to take motive into account here with such a senseless horrific crime. Satanic ritual is off the table even the original investigators agree that much. We know WM3 didn't know them and all three had alibis with no motive. They left no DNA nor hair or fiber of any kind. There are other bigger things and honestly IDK why they aren't using it, but IMO if they did it would all be over in an hour..

Since: Oct 08

Little Rock, AR

#7 Jan 20, 2012
local wrote:
This is all a hoax created by the murdering 3. Do not believe any of this, hutch and (the lady that dumped him) wife is even helping with the lie.
Are you on crack, who?

Since: Oct 08

Little Rock, AR

#8 Jan 20, 2012
And no I had nothing to do with this story, I have nothing to do with any of the Hobbs, but Amanda and her aunts and mother who is on a plane to Utah and all of them are Hicks not Hobbs.

This is new to me as well, I was working on a story about Blytheville's mayor and 1.6 Million down the drain when that popped up.

Since: Oct 08

Little Rock, AR

#9 Jan 20, 2012
New sworn statements implicate Hobbs in West Memphis Three case
www.commercialappeal.com

Since: Oct 08

Little Rock, AR

#10 Jan 20, 2012
'West of Memphis' Reveals New Witnesses in WM3 Murder Case

http://www.indiewire.com/article/west-of-memp...
knee deep

Marked Tree, AR

#11 Jan 20, 2012
Hutch and Wife wrote:
And no I had nothing to do with this story, I have nothing to do with any of the Hobbs, but Amanda and her aunts and mother who is on a plane to Utah and all of them are Hicks not Hobbs.
This is new to me as well, I was working on a story about Blytheville's mayor and 1.6 Million down the drain when that popped up.
You were "working on a story", damn Hutch, quit acting like your Sherlock Holmes and get a real job.

Since: Oct 08

Little Rock, AR

#12 Jan 20, 2012
I'm helping someone else by transcribing their work dip shit WTF else would I call it? They're a reporter. If it makes you feel any better I'm making a mini skirt

Since: Oct 08

Little Rock, AR

#13 Jan 20, 2012
Honestly, I think I could dream up something a little more glamorous. Why are you so worried about me ain't you got anything better to do? If Terry's guilty the right thing to do is to lock him up. I told you the man was always nice to me I don't wanna see Amanda lose her dad so it sucks!

Since: Oct 08

Little Rock, AR

#14 Jan 21, 2012
West Of Memphis review.
Quint calls West of Memphis the definitive West Memphis Three Documentary! Sundance 2012!
Published at: Jan 21, 2012 5:08:24 AM CST
SPOILER ALERT !!
Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. I’m in an odd position with this film since I’ve been on the ground with Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh with the Hobbit reports as they’ve been gearing up for their big premiere. As a result I was able to talk to many people involved about the documentary way in advance.
So, I understand if you think there’s a bias when I say West of Memphis is the definitive West Memphis Three documentary, but it’s my honest reaction.
I’ve been championing Paradise Lost since before the second film was released and I can’t tell you how surreal it was to see John Mark Byers and Pam Hobbs in the attendance. In fact, there was a fascinating mix of emotional West Memphis Three supporters (before the movie started I saw one blonde woman literally cry at the sight of Damien Echols and asked if she could give him a hug) and complete newbies to the case. There was even a guy that my pal Kraken heard in the richie-badge line (expensive express festival badges) who said he didn’t know anything about the case, but how sick it was that three child killers got off because Eddie Vedder asked them to.
As usual with most high profile festivals there are a great many older socialites that attend not because they’re particularly huge movie fans, but because it’s something to do. Many of those types were in the crowd, much of Echols’ defense team was there and the rest were a mix of standard movie addicts and WM3 supporters.
The very first question I’ve gotten on Twitter and in person since seeing the film was “is it better than Paradise Lost?” That’s impossible to answer. There’s nothing that can compete with that first Paradise Lost film on any level. The impact it had on spreading the word on this horrific case, the way it PUT you in that courtroom and the fly-on-the-wall feeling of being on the ground as that initial trial was underway will never be topped and West of Memphis doesn’t try to.
What it does instead is lay out the crime, the city, the hysteria at the time and all the key players in the ensuing clusterfuck of litigation in the most detailed, yet easy to swallow way yet put before the eyes of the public.
Those 150 minutes are dense, but didn’t drag, even for someone like me who knows a lot of the details of the case. Director Amy Berg seemed to go out of her way to not use the same news video from 1994 that was used in the Paradise Lost films and only went back to that well-used trial footage for a few key moments, usually as a means of comparing the new evidence to the original claims by the prosecution.
From where I was sitting, I believe the film has five main threads. The Intro, The Update, The Love Story, The Finger-Pointing and The Future.

Since: Oct 08

Little Rock, AR

#15 Jan 21, 2012
The intro sets up the broad scenario as it was originally reported in 1993. Three young, innocent children were found brutally murdered in West Memphis, Arkansas. The police announce they have three suspects in custody, one of them has a confession and the leader is an 18 year old Satanic cultist.
It’s a very smart way of opening the film because it acts as a refresher of what the fervor was at the time of the trial for those that already know the case and it sets the stage for those that don’t know it. In fact, it sets them up to get caught up in that fervor, too. The police say they did it, the state is trying them for it, one of them confessed, one is a quiet type and one’s a flashy dark haired kid that doesn’t seem to be taking any of this seriously. Shit, these guys fit the bill, don’t they?
Gradually the intro expands as the victim’s families spend time describing their children and the officials tell their sides of the story, some of them still to this day convinced they were in the right and the three men behind bars are the ones who killed those children. Through family photos and the tears of the parents they left behind Stevie Branch, Michael Moore and Christopher Byers become more than just crime scene bodies. Those shots make you flinch, are really hard to view and were never comfortable viewing. But this is the first time I’ve felt like I got a feel for their personalities.There’s also a lot more on the families of the victims themselves, including one of the most heartbreaking parts of the documentary for me, introducing us to Amanda Hobbs, brother to Stevie Branch. She was a toddler when he died, but what happened to the family afterwards has severely traumatized her to the point that she has become a shattered adult. She’s shown to be the kind of person you just want to hug and tell her it’ll be alright, especially when you find out more about her father.
The Update is more a focus on the defense, the lawyers that have been working pro-bono, the evidence that didn’t quite match up at the time and then the new evidence uncovered as Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh became involved. Jackson appears on camera, but the focus is more on what was uncovered by the money he donated to the defense’s investigation, with a huge focus on experts coming back with animal predation and the results of the DNA testing.
The animal predation section in particular is shocking. It’s one thing to hear that turtles could have caused the mutilation on the bodies, but it’s another thing to see evidence of it, to see a man take a turtle bite on the arm and see how it lines up exactly like the mutilation on the kids. The Update is the biggest focus of the doc and the next part, The Love Story, entwines with it. This basically shows us Damien and his wife Lorri Davis, what they’re like as a couple, how they support each other while Damien rots in prison and she fights every day to bring attention to his case, hoping to beat the clock as Damien inches closer and closer to death by lethal injection. Much like getting a feeling of who the murdered children were at the beginning of the movie, I feel like people are going to know just who Lorri and Damien are as people.

Since: Oct 08

Little Rock, AR

#16 Jan 21, 2012
Jessie Misskelley and Jason Baldwin don’t get much screentime until the end of the doc, so we don’t really get to know them the same way, unfortunately, but I’d imagine that’d make this already long film too much.
The Finger-Pointing comes on the tail end of the new evidence presented as a strand of hair was uncovered in the knot of one of the bindings on the children does not match any of the men convicted of the crime. It has to match somebody and criminal profiler John Douglas breaks down the evidence and shifts the focus to another suspect.
While I will say Berg takes great efforts to get everybody’s side of the story, getting interviews with the unmoving Judge David Burnett and much of the prosecution team, she doesn’t shy away from accusing Terry Hobbs, one of the boys’ stepfathers, and spends a lot of the latter part of the doc on him.
There’s no question as to what her thoughts were, but they were backed up almost clinically by the specialists brought on to the case.
For those that have seen Paradise Lost 3, this is where the majority of the overlap between the two films lays, with this man under a microscope, but Berg was able to go a little deeper, actually finding new testimony and new witnesses that are kind of mindblowing. A whole new trail of evidence is uncovered and I won’t tell you what that is so it’s a surprise when you eventually see the film, but it’s pretty damning stuff.
The Future takes us through the Alford Plea taken by the West Memphis Three, explores why they took it and how that still effects their lives. We don’t get much past their release because it just happened… there were interviews from two weeks ago in the documentary if my eyes weren’t deceiving me… but this is where we get to see more of Misskelley and Baldwin, who gets a particular poignant moment with his best friend and mother post-release.
It’s a bittersweet ending because these men are finally released, finally able to start their lives again, but still have the cloud of felony murder convictions hanging over them.
In two and a half hours we get to know dozens of people, get a rundown of the state’s evidence, a thorough dissection of their case by respected professionals, a beat by beat, evidence by evidence counter-argument and a case made against someone else. There’s nothing vague about this doc. There will always be unanswered questions, but the film is systematic in breaking down Hobbs’ alibi, establishing a history of violence, establishing a motive and introducing new witnesses that place him with the boys within the window of time in which they disappeared.
So, when I say it’s the definitive documentary, that’s not a slam on Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, who have made three great films about the case, including the most important film of any of them with that first documentary, but an honest assessment of Amy Berg’s work. She’s taking a long view and doesn’t shy away from the emotional moments. She’s also not afraid to let the counter arguments be made and gives a lot of time to those who disagree with the belief that the state of Arkansas was in the wrong.

Since: Oct 08

Little Rock, AR

#17 Jan 21, 2012
This is the film that you put in front of someone when they say “The West Memphis Three? What’s that?” This is the film you show to those people like the man in line, who heard about the case and think the police probably got the right people and if it wasn’t for those stupid meddling Hollywood types they would be in jail where they belong! This is the film you show people who know the case and need to get fired up to finish the fight and get these men fully exonerated, which paves the way for the new suspect, the one who has a hundred times more motive and evidence against him than any of these three guys did, to be tried. It’s a film that covers all the bases as thoroughly as if it was its own trial and we were the jury. It’s a film that needs to be seen.
No word yet on if it has been picked up, but I can’t imagine we won’t see it getting distribution by the end of Sundance. I know it’s headed to the Santa Barbara Film Festival next week and will be on the fest circuit for the next few months, but I’d be shocked if we don’t see this getting a big release of some kind.
You’ve seen pictures throughout this piece from the Q&A afterwards featuring Amy Berg, Peter, Fran, Damien as well as a few of the defense lawyers, who fielded some of the legal questions in ways that lawyers do (“Is there any way for the WM3 to file a civil lawsuit against the State of Arkansas after taking the Alford Plea?”“No.”).
It should also be noted that Damien and Lorri received a standing ovation from the entire crowd when they were brought up. As famous as Peter Jackson is, it wasn’t him and Fran who got this reception.
During the Q&A Damien pointed out both Pam Hobbs, who he sat down with for the very first time the night before, and John Mark Byers. My stupid camera decided it didn’t like the focus or something, so I missed a great shot as Byers stood up and waved to the audience, but I’ll show you the shot my camera did decide was good enough to actually allow the shutter to snap:
Oh well, there goes my photojournalism award for a fancy shot of Byers with Damien out of focus behind him. Thanks Nikon!
Hope that read alright. It’s now almost 4:00am and I have to be up in about four hours for another full day of movies, so I get to pull the “exhausted and bleary-eyed” card if I rambled too much or left in more typos than usual.
Tomorrow brings the Frank Langella teams up with a robot to pull off one last heist flick Robot & Frank, Bradley Cooper in The Words, teenage romance flick The First Time and the Kate Bosworth thriller Black Rock! Stay tuned!
-Eric Vespe
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Since: Oct 08

Little Rock, AR

#18 Jan 21, 2012
Scroll up for entire review..

Since: Oct 08

Little Rock, AR

#19 Jan 21, 2012
On a side note Seth's mom Domini was in a bad wreck on Friday. As far as I know she's still alive I know him but I don't know her all that well. He was asking for prayer.
haha

Lake City, AR

#20 Jan 21, 2012
Hutch and Wife wrote:
This is the film that you put in front of someone when they say “The West Memphis Three? What’s that?” This is the film you show to those people like the man in line, who heard about the case and think the police probably got the right people and if it wasn’t for those stupid meddling Hollywood types they would be in jail where they belong! This is the film you show people who know the case and need to get fired up to finish the fight and get these men fully exonerated, which paves the way for the new suspect, the one who has a hundred times more motive and evidence against him than any of these three guys did, to be tried. It’s a film that covers all the bases as thoroughly as if it was its own trial and we were the jury. It’s a film that needs to be seen.
No word yet on if it has been picked up, but I can’t imagine we won’t see it getting distribution by the end of Sundance. I know it’s headed to the Santa Barbara Film Festival next week and will be on the fest circuit for the next few months, but I’d be shocked if we don’t see this getting a big release of some kind.
You’ve seen pictures throughout this piece from the Q&A afterwards featuring Amy Berg, Peter, Fran, Damien as well as a few of the defense lawyers, who fielded some of the legal questions in ways that lawyers do (“Is there any way for the WM3 to file a civil lawsuit against the State of Arkansas after taking the Alford Plea?”“No.”).
It should also be noted that Damien and Lorri received a standing ovation from the entire crowd when they were brought up. As famous as Peter Jackson is, it wasn’t him and Fran who got this reception.
During the Q&A Damien pointed out both Pam Hobbs, who he sat down with for the very first time the night before, and John Mark Byers. My stupid camera decided it didn’t like the focus or something, so I missed a great shot as Byers stood up and waved to the audience, but I’ll show you the shot my camera did decide was good enough to actually allow the shutter to snap:
Oh well, there goes my photojournalism award for a fancy shot of Byers with Damien out of focus behind him. Thanks Nikon!
Hope that read alright. It’s now almost 4:00am and I have to be up in about four hours for another full day of movies, so I get to pull the “exhausted and bleary-eyed” card if I rambled too much or left in more typos than usual.
Tomorrow brings the Frank Langella teams up with a robot to pull off one last heist flick Robot & Frank, Bradley Cooper in The Words, teenage romance flick The First Time and the Kate Bosworth thriller Black Rock! Stay tuned!
-Eric Vespe
”Quint”
[email protected]
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This is the film that hutch is promoting about the murdering 3. This is the film that hutch wants to be part of but the murdering 3 won't let him because he's just a dumbass troll that stays on topix ALL day. This is the film that hutch is helping promote so the murdering 3 can make money from it, about them killing the innocent children. Yakkity yak yak yak. Who gives a shit anyway? Oh and just curious, were the murdering 3 ass raped while in prison. Always heard child murderers were not liked in prison. Figured you would know since you have their dick in your mouth constantly. Haha....

Since: Oct 08

Little Rock, AR

#21 Jan 21, 2012
Actually they filmed some of it in my friggin livingroom while WM3 were still in jail.

Take a look dumb ass, same clothes?
http://www.indiewire.com/article/west-of-memp...

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