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Arkansas Supreme Court says new DNA testing can be sought in ‘West Memphis 3’ case

(AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court is clearing the way for new DNA testing to be sought in the killing of three boys nearly 30 years ago. 

Justices on Thursday reversed a lower court’s denial of the request for new DNA testing by Damien Echols, one of the three men convicted in the slayings. 

The ruling was 4-3. Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jesse Misskelley were convicted in 1994 but released in 2011 under a rarely used plea agreement that allowed them to maintain their innocence yet plead guilty in exchange for 18-year sentences and credit for time served.

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