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Damien Echols, left, Jessie Misskelley, Jr., center, and Jason Baldwin sit at a table Friday before a news conference at the Craighead County Court House in Jonesboro, Ark., after the three were released submitting Alford pleas in the 1993 deaths of three West Memphis, Ark., children.

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3 men convicted in 1993 Cub Scout slayings go free

Three men convicted in the nightmarish slayings of three Cub Scouts went free Friday, nearly two decades after they were sent to prison in a case so gruesome it raised suspicions the children had been sacrificed in a Satanic ritual.Sentenced to die for the terrifying slayings of three Cub Scouts, Damien Echols once came within three weeks of being executed. Released Friday under an unusual plea deal after more than two decades on death row, Echols has co-defendant Jason Baldwin to thank for his freedom — and his life.


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