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  • wmweeza2001
    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
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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.
      Added 10/30/03
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