Judge Denies Evidence to Parents of West Memphis Murder Victims

Judge Denies Evidence to Parents of West Memphis Murder Victims

Next month will mark 20 years since three young boys were murdered in West Memphis, Arkansas. The parent's of two of the boys have been fighting to get access to the evidence in their son's deaths, but the judge won't allow it.
WEST MEMPHIS, AR (abc24.com) - Next month will mark 20 years since three young boys were murdered in West Memphis, Arkansas. The parent's of two of the boys have been fighting to get access to the evidence in their son's deaths, but the judge won't allow it.

He just dismissed a lawsuit filed on behalf of Mark Byers and Pam Hicks.

The parents' lawyer says the judge's ruling does not matter, adding they know who killed their children.

"Mark and Pam are fully at peace with knowing what happened in those woods, who murdered their children, how they were murdered and why. They feel like they have their answers after 20 years," says attorney Ken Swindle.

Swindle says he found evidence of who killed Christopher Byers, Stevie Branch and Michael Moore in the partial case file given to him by Prosecutor Scott Ellington.

Swindle filed a freedom of information request to see the physical evidence. He was given limited access to the case. After reviewing that, Swindle says they found evidence pointing to the real killers.

He's upset nothing is being done to act on that evidence.

"Who did it, how it was done, where it was done, why it was done," he says. "What he got was a letter from Benny Guy giving very specific information that only someone with inside knowledge would know. It's easily verifiable. For 13 months the prosecutor took no action."

Swindle did. "We got the sworn statements."

Those sworn statements are from two Arkansas inmates, both currently serving time for rape.

The inmates swear they know who killed the three boys in May 1993. They name four men. One is Terry Hobbs, Stevie Branch's stepfather. The other three are Hobbs' friend and two teenagers at the time, one of whom has since died.

"The tragedy here is that the prosecutor for 13 months has had overwhelming evidence of the guilt of the four people that did this and has done nothing," Swindle tells abc24.com.

All four men were involved in the case. None ever faced charges.

As for motive, the inmates say the boys surprised the four men who were in the woods, drinking and smoking marijuana.

"In fairness to the West Memphis police, this letter was not sent to them it was sent to Prosecutor Ellington," Swindle says. "The only question Pam or Mark have left is why is the prosecutor not doing anything with this amount of evidence."

We tried calling prosecutor Scott Ellington for comment. He has not responded to our message. Mark Byers declined to talk.
Page: [[$index + 1]]
comments powered by Disqus