Hearing set in WM3 suit

A Crittenden County circuit judge has set an Oct. 24 date for a hearing from the mother of one of the West Memphis Three victims who is suing for access to evidence gathered surrounding the death of her son Stevie Branch.

According to Arkansas News
, Branch was only 8 years old when his body turned up alongside fellow second-graders Chris Byers and Michael Moore in May 1993.

The three men who became known as the West Memphis Three — Jason Baldwin, Jessie Misskelley and Damien Echols — were charged and sentenced for the murders. In August 2011, the Three were released with the discovery of new DNA evidence and a guilty plea that allowed them to maintain their innocence.

Now that the case is closed, Hicks, who filed her suit in June, claims the West Memphis Police Department, mayor and police chief violated the Freedom of Information Act by denying her request to view documents pertaining to the case.

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