The West Memphis Three, three men that became imprisoned in 1994 for killing three 8-year-old boys in Arkansas could be released today, the victims' relatives told The Associated Press.
A possible deal will include a legal maneuver that will allow Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley, and Jason Baldwin to say that they are innocent and admit that prosecutors like have enough evidence to win, the person related to the case said, CBS News reported.
The men killed Steve Branch, Christopher Byers, and Michael Moore and left their naked bodies in a ditch in West Memphis, Ark. Echols was sentenced to death for the murders. Misskelley and Baldwin were sentenced to life in prison.
The person's name will not be released due to a gag order that prevents parties involved with the case from speaking.
It's a highly technical way to put an end to judicial proceedings in the case, the anonymous person told the Associated Press.
The three men were convicted despite very little physical evidence and their defense attorneys and other legal experts have maintained that they were wrongly convicted. The attorneys also said that new DNA evidence should set them free.
Some of the victims' families, including Byers' adoptive father John Mark Byers have also said that they do not think that the right people were convicted.
There's certainly no justice for the three men that's been in prison or my son and his two friends, Byers said, according to CBS News. To me, this is just a cop-out from the state for not wanting to admit that they made a mistake, he added.
The men await their hearing in a Jonesboro county jail.