WEST OF MEMPHIS
May 6, 1993
Authorities find the bodies of three eight-year-old boys -- Stevie Branch,
Michael Moore, and Christopher Byers -- dead in a creek in Robin Hood Hills,
West Memphis, Arkansas.
June 3, 1993
Police arrest teenagers Damien Echols, Charles Jason Baldwin and Jessie
Lloyd Misskelley and are charged with three counts of capital murder.
Misskelley tells the police that Echols and Baldwin killed the boys while he
August 5, 1993
Each teenager pleads innocent in hearing.
Misskelley's trial begins.
February 4, 1994
Jessie Misskelley is convicted of one count of first-degree murder and two
counts of second-degree murder.
February 22, 1994
Echols and Baldwin's trial begins.
March 18, 1994
Damien Echols and Jason Baldwin are found guilty on three counts of murder. Echols is sentenced to death and Baldwin to life in prison.
Lorri Davis meets Damien Echols for the first time in person.
HBO airs PARADISE LOST.
Reversals sought in case involving 1993 slayings of West Memphis boys
December 23, 1996
Convictions on Echols, Baldwin upheld.
Lorri and Damien get married.
A hearing is scheduled on whether more advanced DNA testing can be used
in appeals court for Echols and Baldwin.
Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh begin speaking with Lorri Davis, offering to
help in any way they can.
Peter and Fran meet with Lorri in New York City. Lorri catches Peter and Fran
up to speed on the case's latest developments.
A strategy is put in place to construct the foundation for a new challenge to the
convictions. Peter and Fran officially begin working with the defense team,
funding defense investigation anonymously.
New key evidence and shocking revelations are uncovered that go beyond the
pathologists' reports and the DNA findings to include juror misconduct and
The defense holds a press conference to publicize the new DNA and forensic
The new evidence is presented to Judge David Burnett, who had presided
over the original WM3 trial. Judge Burnett dismisses the new evidence saying
it is not compelling.
The WM3 case is stagnant. Public and media interest seems to have
Lorri and Fran contact filmmaker Amy Berg with the thought of creating an
investigative documentary to present new findings.
Amy travels to Arkansas to speak with Damien and Lorri. She works tirelessly
for two years immersing herself in the case, interviewing sources, and
documenting the defense's investigative efforts. No media or film crews are on
Eddie Vedder and other high profile celebrities host a benefit concert for the
WM3. At this point, national and international media return to cover the case.
This same month, the Arkansas Supreme Court grants Dennis Reardon's
petition for a new evidentiary hearing.
Oral arguments are heard.
The Arkansas Supreme Court unanimously overturns all points in Judge David
Burnett's initial ruling.
The State of Arkansas agrees to accept the Alford Plea whereby the
defendants could simultaneously assert their innocent while pleading guilty in
their own best interest. Damien, Jason, Jessie accept the pleas and are
released from prison.
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