In a major setback for Damien Echols and the other two men who make up the West Memphis Three
, Judge David Burnett has rejected the request for a new trial
based on DNA evidence uncovered since the original convictions in 1993. Burnett rejected defense claims that the new DNA evidence exonerates the three men. He also stated that "even if he agreed that the new DNA evidence should be heard in court, he would deny Echols' request for a trial because there was "not compelling evidence that he would be acquitted."
Personally, I'm trying to figure out why the defense attorneys haven't asked Burnett to recuse himself, since he presided over the original trial in which Echols was found guilty. Echols' lawyers plan on filing an appeal immediately. In the meantime, Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Miskelley continue to sit in prison, as they've done for the past fifteen years.