Damien Echols' Rule 37 Appeal DENIED
- DAMIEN ECHOLS' RULE 37 APPEAL DENIED
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Echols Loses Another Round Before High Court
Thursday October 30, 2003 11:58am Little Rock (AP)
The Arkansas Supreme Court today turned down another attempt by convicted child killer Damien Echols to avoid execution.
The high court rejected Echols' argument that he deserved a new trial because the lawyers who represented him were ineffective. Two weeks ago, the court ruled against Echols' arguments that he should be allowed a hearing to determine his mental competence. In Thursday's unanimous decision, the court ruled that Echols' former lawyer, Val Price of Jonesboro, did not have a conflict of interest. Price allowed a film crew from HBO to record a documentary featuring interviews from Echols during his trial in the deaths of three West Memphis boys. Echols was one of three teenagers convicted of killing three second-graders in 1993. Echols was sentenced to death; his two co-defendants received prison terms. Steven Branch, Michael Moore and Christopher Byers, all eight years old, disappeared May fifth, 1993, while riding bicycles in their quiet, tree-lined neighborhood in West Memphis. Their bodies were found the next day in a watery ditch near their homes.
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