LOS ANGELES, CA – A hollywood star is taking a break from his hectic life to convey a message that he feels deserves mention!
Johnny Depp is in the midst of promoting his new blockbuster movie, Alice in Wonderland. In it, he plays the fabled character, The Mad Hatter. That is all secondary to him right now as he will take time out to make an appearance on CBS’ “48 Hours Mystery.”
His purpose is to raise awareness of an attempt to secure a new trial for three inmates, who he feels have been wrongly convicted. He will plead his case on this Saturday’s edition of the show.
Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley were convicted of the gruesome May 1993 killing of three West Memphis, Arkansas, children. The trio was dubbed the “West Memphis 3.” Many, including Depp, have cited a mishandled crime scene, a botched investigation and the media scrutiny surrounding the case as beliefs for the three men being wrongly convicted.
“I firmly believe Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley are totally innocent. It was a need for swift justice to placate the community,” Depp says. “Damien Echols is on death row to be killed by lethal injection,” Depp adds.
At the time of their arrests, all three of the men were 18 years old or younger, making Echols stay on death row more than 15 years now.
In a preview clip of the upcoming show, Depp also goes on to add that the trial focused too much on the teens’ fascination with heavy-metal music and Stephen King novels. Depp joins a list of Hollywood stars that includes Eddie Vedder, Winona Ryder, the Dixie Chicks and Demi Lovato that support the “West Memphis 3″ and their fight for a new trial.