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Statements Implicate Terry Hobbs In West Memphis 3 Murders

George Brown
2:45 p.m. CST, January 20, 2012

(Little Rock, AR 1/20/2012) New statements made public today implicate the stepfather of one of the three boys murdered in West Memphis, AR in 1993.

The statements came from at least three people who claim Terry Hobbs confessed to his brother he killed Christopher Byers, Michael Moore and his stepson Stevie Branch.

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WREG-TV's Stephanie Scurlock talked with the attorney of former death row inmate Damien Echols, Stpehen Braga.

Braga told her all three witnesses passed polygraph tests.

Braga is trying to get the investigation into what became known as the West Memphis 3 murders reopened.

Echols, Jessie Misskelley Jr., and Jason Baldwin were released from prison last year and made a deal where they plead guilty but maintained their innocence.

"MY UNCLE TERRY MURDERED THE THREE LITTLE BOYS" IN WEST MEMPHIS


IT IS THE "HOBBS FAMILY SECRET" ACCORDING TO NEPHEW

(Mountain Home, Arkansas – January 20, 2012) Terry Hobbs' nephew, Michael Hobbs Jr., allegedly told his friends "my uncle Terry murdered those three little boys," according to declarations under penalty of perjury recently given to Damien Echols' defense team. The three new witnesses were polygraphed about what they stated Michael Hobbs, Jr. told them.

"One day Michael picked us up in his truck. He was very quiet and upset. Michael then said to us, 'you are not going to believe what my dad told me today. My Uncle Terry murdered the three little boys.' According to Michael, his dad called this 'The Hobbs Family Secret' and he asked us to keep it a secret and not tell anyone."

Another witness stated, "One night last winter, Michael and I were playing pool in his basement when the third friend asked about the West Memphis Three case which had been in the news. Michael responded by saying, 'My uncle killed three kids in West Memphis.' Michael was dead serious when he said this."

The three little boys referenced in the declarations were found brutally murdered in West Memphis, Arkansas in 1993. DNA consistent with Terry Hobbs, stepfather of victim Stevie Branch, was later discovered in the knot of a shoelace used to restrain victim Michael Moore. Three eyewitnesses have also provided sworn statements that they saw Terry Hobbs with the three children on the day of the murders, immediately before they disappeared. Terry Hobbs has maintained that he never saw the three boys the day they were murdered.

A third witness stated that he was at Michael Hobbs Jr's home in 2003 or 2004 when he was told by Hobbs Jr. that the two of them could not go down to the basement to play pool because Michael Hobbs Sr. was down there having a conversation with Hobbs Jr.'s uncle. The witness said that he " listened with Michael Jr. at the top of the stairs. I heard two men talking. One appeared to be very upset even crying and he said 'I am sorry, I regret it.' The other man was trying to console him and said, 'You are in the clear, no one thinks you are a suspect, those guys are already in prison.'"

Echols' attorney, Stephen Braga of Ropes & Gray, said: "This is critical new information which reveals that the people closest to Terry Hobbs, his family members, may know much more about Terry's involvement in the West Memphis Three case than they have ever acknowledged. If this is the Hobbs Family Secret, then what a horrific cost that secrecy has imposed on the lives of so many people – perhaps most significantly Pam Hobbs who deserves to know what really happened to Stevie on the night of the murders, as do the Byers and Moore families. With the secret now out, let's hope that someone in the Hobbs family has the heart, the soul and the courage to come forward to tell the truth directly. In the meantime, I have given our investigative materials concerning these new witnesses – along with other related information - to District Attorney Scott Ellington for his review and action."

The new witnesses came forward after seeing a recording of the CBS News 48 Hours special on the West Memphis 3 case. At the end of that broadcast, attorney Stephen Braga was asked what's next in the effort to gain exoneration for the three after their plea deal. He responded: "Hopefully, some day we will find that smoking gun, that key piece of inculpatory DNA or a deathbed confession or a witness will come forward and say, "You know, this is really what happened."

Hearing those words moved the new witnesses to contact the West Memphis 3 Confidential Tip Line just a few weeks ago. The new witnesses were then interviewed by the Echols' defense team, signed declarations under penalty of perjury and passed polygraph examinations concerning what they say Michael Hobbs Jr. told them.

The Confidential Tip Line number is (501) 256-1775.

TIMELINE

2003/2004 – Michael Hobbs, jr. and friend listen to two men talking in basement. Michael Hobbs and Terry Hobbs.

2007/8 – Michael Hobbs tells two friends about Hobbs Family Secret.

2007/2008 – Friend tells mother of revelations. Mother signs sworn statement to details.

2009 – Two of three men who came forward were arrested. Michael Hobbs jr. provides evidence against them.

2010 – Michael Hobbs jr. in his home with two other friends, tells them his uncle killed those boys in West Memphis 3 case

December 11, 2011 – Call to tip line about new evidence.

December 16, 2011 – Three men come to D.C. to meet attorney Steve Braga and Lonie Soury. Sign affidavits and are polygraphed

January 19, 2012 - Materials sent to Craighead County Prosecutor Scott Ellington.
http://www.wreg.com/news/wreg-statements-terry-hobbs,0,5189049.story
 

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I knew it. After watching his depositions he reeked of guilt. I hope they're finally cleared.
 

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Free the West Memphis One!
 

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If that pans out, then there's quite a few people that should be

jailed for keeping this "family secret".
Agreed. It's more than just Hobbs. If they knew and allowed these 3 to sit in jail and lose their lives... they should be in jail with him.
 

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If that pans out, then there's quite a few people that should be

jailed for keeping this "family secret".
Yeah, I am not entirely sure how I feel about that. On one hand, I think they should be thrown in prison, on the other I know that it will act as a deterrent to potential witnesses. People may just never say anything at all. Better late than never. Have you ever seen Conviction? Dude rotted in prison for 18 years in large part because the witnesses who had been forced to lie at his trial were afraid of being charged for perjury.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conviction_(film)
 

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If nothing else, this should be enough to get the 3 exonerated (not the bullshit alford plea) so that they can sue the fucking state for locking them up on a witch hunt.
 

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In these situations, it is usually best to consult the Dixie Chicks for their opinion:

Dixie Chicks Libel Lawsuit Dismissed

* Posted Dec 3rd 2009 8:00AM by Alanna Conaway
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Natalie MainesThe lawsuit against the Dixie Chicks, filed by the stepfather of one of three 8-year-old boys killed in Arkansas 15 years ago, has been thrown out. According to the Associated Press, a federal judge ruled that a statement the Chicks' lead singer Natalie Maines made in regard to the deaths noted in legal documents were believed to be true at the time that she made them.

Terry Hobbs, whose stepson Stevie Branch was one of the three boys slain in 1993, sued the band, claiming Natalie accused him of the killings in a letter posted on the Chicks' website and in comments she made at a Little Rock rally in 2007 in support of the three men convicted in the deaths.

After watching documentaries on the case, Natalie became convinced that Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelly -- known as the West Memphis Three -- were innocent of the killings. Natalie wrote a letter seeking donations for the trio's legal defense fund which stated: "I am confident that you will see the DNA evidence is irrefutable and that these three men did not get the kind of trial that is promised to us -- as Americans."

After the trial, Damien was given the death sentence, while Jason and Jessie were given life in prison. Their appeals for a new trial have been repeatedly rejected.

The lawsuit, filed in November of last year, claimed Natalie's comments were "malicious, libelous, slanderous and false" and sought damages. However, U.S. District Judge Brian Miller ruled Tuesday that Hobbs couldn't establish "actual malice" -- that Natalie knew the statements were false or that she made them with "reckless disregard" of the truth.

In an e-mail to her manager, included in the court record, Natalie wrote: "All of the legal stuff is copied directly from the court filing and legal papers that were written by the defense team. I don't want to put any of that in my own words."

Natalie's attorney did not immediately return a call for comment to the Associated Press.
http://www.theboot.com/2009/12/03/dixie-chicks-lawsuit/
 

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dont think for 1 second that mark john byers is at all innocent either
Nah, the only thing I think he might be involved in MAYBE is his wife's death. Since the cause is unknown. I don't think he had anything to do with those kids dying. I think he's just a wackjob that was seeking attention and got it during the documentary.
 

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Nah, the only thing I think he might be involved in MAYBE is his wife's death. Since the cause is unknown. I don't think he had anything to do with those kids dying. I think he's just a wackjob that was seeking attention and got it during the documentary.
I think that there was something not right about the guy, and in the first two movies, you just assumed that it was the fact that he was the real killer. After the revelation that he was excluded via DNA, you realize that he is just one of those guys who seems to not really understand human emotion. It seemed like he was (poorly) playing the part of what you would expect a grieving father to act like. Either that or he was fucked up on meds all the time in the first two docs and that was his attempt at trying to look sober.
 

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Watching Paradise Lost 3 right now. Fucking enraging... Especially the Hobbs part.
 

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Watching Paradise Lost 3 right now. Fucking enraging... Especially the Hobbs part.
It is, his deposition disgusted me. And his stupidity... he opened himself up for it. Thankfully, but he's a fucking retard and I'm glad it's finally coming out.
 

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Watching Paradise Lost 3 right now. Fucking enraging... Especially the Hobbs part.
I was lucky to have never really heard about it until the O&A interview, so I was able to watch all three films back to back without waiting year in between.
 
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Nah, the only thing I think he might be involved in MAYBE is his wife's death. Since the cause is unknown. I don't think he had anything to do with those kids dying. I think he's just a wackjob that was seeking attention and got it during the documentary.
well i didnt exactly mean he cut a throat but he may have had a secondary role be it hiding the weapon or even just knowing the truth hence
It seemed like he was (poorly) playing the part of what you would expect a grieving father to act like.
 

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I was lucky to have never really heard about it until the O&A interview, so I was able to watch all three films back to back without waiting year in between.
I did the same thing. Wasn't a fan of the second movie.