Step-father of a West Memphis Three victim writing book

Published: Aug. 9, 2008 at 12:43 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 9, 2008 at 3:23 AM CDT
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The man now suspected in the West Memphis Three murders 15 years ago is writing a tell-all book.

Jason Baldwin, Jessie Misskelley and Damien Echols are in prison for the killing of three boys 15 years ago. But in recent months, Echols' defense team said DNA evidence has claimed that one of the victim's stepfather, Terry Hobbs, is the real killer.

Action News 5 has learned a hearing is scheduled for later this month to make sure attorneys are ready to go forward with a hearing on new DNA results.

Damien Echols' attorneys hopes it leads to a new trial.

Terry Hobbs said he just may go to that hearing. He also said he has got a book deal.

"I am not a child killer. I was a step parent back then and we were a family on our feet doing well and when this happened. It just blows your world away and to see it go on for 15 years and to see what has gone on for the past year and a half has been devastating and highly wrong," Hobbs said.

Hobbs is the stepfather of Stevie Branch, one of the boys murdered by the so called West Memphis Three. He has been named as a suspect in the murders of the three cub scouts by Damien Echols' defense team. Echols is on death row.  Echols' attorneys said new DNA testing identified a hair found at the crime scene that ties Hobbs to the crimes.

"I haven't done a thing wrong and everybody knows that," Hobbs said.

A hearing on the new evidence is scheduled for next month.  Hobbs said he may go to that hearing.

"To look at the people that done me like that, 'cause I imagine they are all going to be sitting there. I would like to just walk in and look at them," Hobbs said.

Hobbs also said he has kept a journal that began that day in May the bodies of the three boys were discovered .

"Part of it is in the hands of a publisher or a book writer...not a publisher, a writer. I think we are going to write a pretty good story about this," Hobbs said.

Hobbs also said it is about 300-400 pages and said someone in Hollywood wants the first rights to the book.

Hobbs said Echols' defense team wanted to look at his journal and he would not let them.

Hobbs said Echols' defense team thought he confessed to the murders in his journal and that is why they wanted to read it.

He said that is not true and he has never let them look at it.

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