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By Kontji Anthony - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - In 1993, Jason Baldwin, Damien Echols and Jessie Misskelley were tried and convicted for the brutal murder of three eight-year-old boys.

Now, 16 years later, a group known as the West Memphis 3 Innocence Project is looking for clues to get the three out of prison.

"We're very hopeful," the Project's Brent Peterson said Saturday.
 
Saturday, a caravan of 12 drove in from Little Rock to hand out flyers, not only in West Memphis, Arkansas, but also in the Beale Street area of Memphis.

"It's a very incindiary court case that's got a lot of people up in arms about the fact that we're helping the defense as best we can," Peterson said. "We just hope that people will be cooperative and will step forward."

The flyers hold information about the Project's new anonymous tip line.  But that's not all.

"We have hired an investigator," Peterson said.

Because, Project members believe, people may be more comfortable coming forward years later.

"We think there's a lot that's been covered up and people have just been afraid to come forward for fear of retribution," Peterson said.

Peterson believes that while 16 years may leave memories a murky, time is on the Project's side.

"Any kind of lead can turn into something big and that's what we're hoping for," he said.

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