Karen Young Heard, "worthless money" bought them out of prison. They'd still be in there without it. They probably were counting on the "worthless money" they are collecting from supporters to help them when they got out anyway (wm3.org). As for the exoneration, I think they are collecting donations for that too to help find the "real" killer. I wouldn't count on it though! If Peter Jackson's millions couldn't find the "real" killer, nothing will. There's nothing to find, because the real killers pled guilty to 1st degree murder and were released in August.
Let's all remember who asked for this deal. The DEFENSE asked the state for the Alford Plea. They wanted their clients to plead guilty to first degree murder rather than wait for the upcoming evidentiary hearing in December. If they had enough new and compelling evidence to win a new trial and then win the trial (which everyone said would happen), why didn't they just proceed? They could have been exonerated and been able to sue the state for wrongful imprisonment. Why would they give all that up if they were truly innocent?
By MIcaela Watts, Josh Cannon, & Toby Sells
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