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    Author Mara Leveritt receives award for writing on West Memphis Three

    7:59 PM, Jan 10, 2012   |    comments
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    NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - North Little Rock's Laman Library awarded Devil's Knot author Mara Leveritt $10,000, today.

    Leveritt is the winner of the 2012 Writers Fellowship award to help her write her follow-up book on the West Memphis Three, Justice Knot.

    "It's one of the best things that have happened in my career," says Mara Leveritt.

    "Once I went to the police station after the verdicts were read and men sent to prison and I looked through the whole complete police file, I saw nothing in there to support the verdicts," says Leveritt on why she began writing on the trials.

    She covered the teenagers' arrests in 1993 and 18 years later when the courts freed them August 19, 2011.

    "I think what happened last August when these men were set free was not complete because it was a tricky deal hardly ever used in this state where they had to plead guilty," says Leveritt.

    "I appreciate she writes about facts and tells the story with the facts," says a friend and fan Louise Terzia.

    Leveritt has also been busy with HBO's Paradise Lost documentaries and says she's recently read the screenplay Devil's Knot, which will feature Reese Witherspoon.

    "The awareness of trials and wrongful convictions will get more attention, and I'm just delighted about that," says Leveritt.

    Never did she think her writing would attract attention from celebrities like Johnny Depp, a well-known advocate for the West Memphis Three.

    "I knew something was troubling about this case from the start," says Leveritt.

    Leveritt hopes to have Justice Knot completed by the end of this year. HBO airs its third documentary on Thursday at 9 p.m. It's entitled Paradise Lost Three: Purgatory.

    Another documentary airs at the Sundance Festival January 20th. That one is entitled West of Memphis.

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