Jason Baldwin back in Arkansas to discuss WM3 case

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    NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - One of the West Memphis 3 back was back in Arkansas for the first time since being released from prison last year.

    Jason Baldwin was in North Little Rock for a viewing and discussion on an HBO documentary on this case.

    THV 11 News had a chance to speak with Baldwin before the event started and hear what he had to say about being back in Arkansas since his release back in August of 2011.

    "Didn't feel troubling at all. I have a lot of great people who live here in Arkansas who call Arkansas home, and it's just been great meeting up with them and meeting some of
    the people who supported us over the years," Baldwin said.

    Back in Arkansas Wednesday night, Jason Baldwin seemed happy to be here, enjoying life as a free man.

    "At this point in time freedom feels wonderful. There's a lot of things I'm trying to do. Just put my life back together. Just moved in with my girlfriend. We've got our own apartment in Seattle, going to school, doing college," Baldwin said.

    Baldwin was one of the West Memphis 3 who was serving a life sentence in Arkansas for the murders of three 8-year-old boys in 1993. In August 2011, 18 years later, Baldwin, Damien Echols and Jessie Misskelley left prison after taking an Alford Plea. That's a rare deal which means they pleaded guilty while still maintaining their innocence.

    "I try to stay in touch with them and let them know where I am in my life and just let them know I'm always there to talk to if they need anything," Baldwin said.

    As for the case, Baldwin said his lawyers and supporters continue the push to exonerate the West Memphis 3 but progress is slow.

    "We're just trying to find out who committed the crime, and it's hard, and it's a long road," Baldwin said.

    Baldwin said more recently the work to exonerate him has challenged the fiber analysis in the original case. He said that some of the fibers in the evidence against the West Memphis 3 were fibers you could find in practically any home in America.

    As for folks coming out to Wednesday's program, those THV 11 talked to said they were excited to see Jason Baldwin in person and came to show their support.

    Baldwin will be in the area for the next couple of days. He'll be on a panel at the Clinton School talking about cameras in the courtroom Thursday evening at 6 p.m. On Friday, he'll be on THV This Morning, and he will sit down with THV 11's Dawn Scott for an extensive interview at 6 p.m.

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