Attorneys present four suspects allegedly involved in the WM3 murders
(WMC-TV) –The allegations presented in court today by an attorney for Pam Hicks are surprising, some never heard before according to the prosecutor.
Ken Swindle represents Hicks, Mark Byers, the 8-year-old boys Stevie Branch and Christopher Byers, along with Michael Moore. The boys were murdered back in May 1993.
Swindle presented sworn statements he says implicate four men in the murders. The men named in the documents are L.G. Hollingsworth, Buddy Lucas, Terry Hobbs and David Jacoby.
Jacoby ran from Action News 5 cameras after the hearing Wednesday.
"I'm not accusing anyone. I am simply showing the evidence that is in the prosecutor's own file," said the attorney for victims' parents, Ken Swindle.
Swindle wanted a judge to allow the victims' parents to see physical evidence in the case. The judge said no.
Swindle immediately asked the judge to reconsider and dropped the bombshell – a document naming Hollingsworth, Lucas, Hobbs and Jacoby as the real killers of the West Memphis 8-year-old boys.
"We're not grabbing names out of the air. We are pulling out names from the prosecutor's own file," said Swindle.
David Jacoby explained to us why his hair was found at the scene where three West Memphis boys were discovered murdered almost 20 years ago.
"They said close to the crime scene because at one time I did walk near where they had found the kids with Terry Hobbs, his father-in-law, his wife," said Jacoby. "But I didn't wear hats back then my hair could have blown around anywhere."
Swindle is hopeful the judge will reconsider his ruling and allow parents to see the new evidence once and for all.
Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelly and Jason Baldwin were originally convicted of the killings and released from prison in 2011 after making a deal with prosecutors.
Baldwin was in the courtroom when Swindle named the four men who are all connected to the case in one way or another.
"We're just trying to figure out what went on and who actually committed the murders," said Baldwin. "The case isn't over with and no one is given up searching for those who actually committed the crimes those families and our families deserve to know the truth of what happened."
Swindle has sworn statements from two people saying Buddy Lucas, who was 19 at the time of the murders, admitted his involvement along with L.G. Hollingsworth, also a teenager at the time.
According to the affidavit, the two teenagers were drinking and smoking pot and ended up in the woods.
Terry Hobbs, stepfather of one of the murdered boys, and Jacoby showed up and made the teenagers wrestle.
Then the three 8-year-old boys rode up on their bikes surprising the group. Lucas said he and Hollingsworth were forced to hold the boys while Hobbs and Jacoby beat them, removed their clothes and dumped them in the water where they were discovered the next day.
Prosecutor Scott Ellington said all of the names listed by the attorney have been investigated thoroughly. He said that any credible evidence he gets he passes along to the defense team for the West Memphis Three.
Judge Victor Hill is expected to make a decision on this new document Monday.
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