Johnny Depp to Appear on ’48 Hours’ Supporting ‘West Memphis Three’

February 23, 2010

(ChattahBox)—The very private actor Johnny Depp is making a surprising television appearance to lend his name and celebrity to a controversial murder case, in which three 8-year-old boys were murdered as part of a satanic ritual nearly 20-years ago. Three teenagers were convicted for the brutal murders in 1994, with one of the killers sentenced to the death penalty. But in the wake of new DNA and forensic evidence and a sense that the three teenagers, whom have spent the past 16-years behind bars, did not receive a fair trial, Depp believes that the three men are innocent. And he plans to appear on CBS’s “48 Hours Mystery” on Sunday, to call for the reopening of their case.

Depp joins other Hollywood celebrities whom have come out publicly in support of the so-called “West Memphis Three,” Jason Baldwin, Jessie Misskelley and Damien Echols. Celebrities, such as Eddie Vedder, Metallica, Winona Ryder and the Dixie Chicks, believe that the three men were wrongly convicted because they listened to heavy-metal music and were intrigued by the occult.

During his appearance on 48 Hours, Depp says that the three men were convicted, because they were convenient scapegoats. “I firmly believe Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley are totally innocent. It was a need for swift justice to placate the community. Damien Echols is on death row to be killed by lethal injection,” Depp is quoted as saying.

Depp is currently on a media tour promoting his new 3D Tim Burton film, “Alice in Wonderland,” in which he plays the Mad Hatter.

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