DA Scott Ellington: Allow West Memphis 3 DNA testing so the killer can be found

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On May 5, 1993, three eight-year-old boys were murdered in West Memphis, Arkansas. As horrible as this crime is, the injustice was just beginning. The crime was never properly investigated. Three teens were convicted of the crime with no physical evidence. When they were finally released in 2011, district attorney Scott Ellington pledged not to abandon the case. "It would be a dereliction of my duties not to review credible evidence that’s been presented," he said in a 2012 interview. Yet he's stonewalled on efforts to look into the evidence.

In the documentary series that first aired on the Oxygen channel on March 28-29, 2020, The Forgotten West Memphis Three, investigative podcaster Bob Ruff (host of Truth and Justice Podcast) finds promising leads. Following the advice of world-class experts, he and his production crew spend weeks asking Scott Ellington to release the case evidence so that they can do the modern DNA testing that might finally determine the murderer's identity. But no one from Ellington's office will so much as respond to Ruff's phone calls and emails.

For decades, Scott Ellington and others in the Arkansas justice system have stood in the way of finding justice for the little boys who were killed on that terrible day in 1993. They've stood in the way of justice for the three young men who were imprisoned for nearly two decades, and who still bear the stain of murder convictions on their records. The families and loved ones of all the victims have suffered long enough. Scott Ellington, do your job and allow justice to be done. Turn over the evidence.

Additional information about the West Memphis Three case

West Memphis Three Case — Document Archive
Truth and Justice podcast Season 5

More contact avenues

In addition to signing this petition, there are several ways to contact Scott Ellington, current district prosecuting attorney and circuit judge elect for the Second Judicial District of Arkansas, to demand that he turn over evidence for DNA testing.