From Damien Echols' team: "We are very pleased that the Attorney General's office has decided to move ahead quickly with DNA and forensic testing of materials that we requested from the crime scene and other sources. We are confident that further scientific testing will contribute to the body of evidence of the innocence of Damien, Jason and Jessie."
The lawyers' motion to complete DNA and other forensic testing will move forward without objection from the State because the State bears no responsibility for the cost. WM3 supporters everywhere must now do our utmost to raise funds now because the price tag will easily be in the six figures. (And this is without legal fees or forensic expert testimony for the evidentiary hearing!) Please add your picture to the WM3 photo wall, contribute directly to the Defense Fund (a 501(3)(c) LLC), or host a defense fund benefit event in your town. We can be proud of how far this case has progressed in nearly 18 years but it's still an expensive, uphill road ahead for Damien, Jason and Jessie until they are freed.