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Posted By Shaun ChaiyabhatDamien Echols' Wife Speaks Out
Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley, and Jason Baldwin were convicted and sentenced to death for the 1993 killings of three young boys in West Memphis.
Christopher Byers, Steven Branch and Michael Moore were found beaten and mutilated.
For more than 12 years, 'The West Memphis Three' sat behind bars, proclaiming their innocence.
Lorri Davis married Echols 5 years after he was sentenced to death.
(Little Rock, AR 12/05/07)
A rare look at the wife of a convicted killer on death row, as she works to free one of the 'West Memphis Three'.
Damien Echols sits on death row along with two others, convicted of killing three young boys as part of a satanic ritual. 12 years later, Lorri Davis-Echols is giving an hour-long radio interview in Little Rock, speaking candidly about some things, while keeping her lips sealed about others.
In October, lawyers filed a petition that included new evidence, like DNA test results that show no link to the West Memphis Three. Now, Lorri Davis-Echols says it's time to take her campaign to free her husband public. She's hoping to use the radio-waves to sway support for her husband.
"Suddenly everything falls away. The state's case falls away. There were no knife wounds on these victims. So you slowly start taking apart the state's case which is what we worked so hard to do."
"Do you feel comfortable in a little bit about your relationship with Damien," asks a radio host.
"It came out of seeing a documentary," says Davis-Echols, "and then I got very interested in the case."
She says their relationship grew -- slowly -- but she never elaborates exactly what her relationship is like with a husband on death row.
Her goal? to free him. She says Echols, Misskelley and Baldwin all have faith they will get out of prison.
"They do have faith and they're so grateful for all the people that have come forward and are their voices."
Davis-Echols is hoping a letter-writing rally called "Arkansas Take Action" will persuade the state capitol to her the new evidence. One of the victim's fathers, John Mark Byers, is also supporting that cause on December 18th.