WM3 defense teams meet with state; lay scientific ‘cards on the table’

Defense attorneys for Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, Jr., the men known as the West Memphis Three, brought four forensic pathologists and two forensic odontologists with them to a meeting at the Arkansas Crime Lab on Thursday, May 17, according to a source who attended the day-long meeting.
“Our approach has been to lay our cards on the tables and be as open and straight-forward with the state as possible,” he said.
“We wanted to let our science people get with their science people and let the lawyers get out of the way. We want the science to be leading the lawyers, instead of the opposite.”
Rumors have circulated recently that there has been a shift of focus in the case as a result of information discovered by investigators working for the defense.
Pam Hobbs, the mother of one of the three murder victims, alluded to the speculation in remarks to a Little Rock reporter on the day the defense teams visited the crime lab.
Noting that she still believes the West Memphis Three are guilty, Hobbs added, “but I am—like everyone else—was there someone else out there other than those three?”
The source who was present at the crime lab meeting said, “DNA was not the focus of the meeting.” He added, however, that testing has not produced “any [DNA] matches to our guys.”
Asked whether the testing had produced a link to anyone else, he replied, “No comment.”