Damien Echols and Jason Baldwin are found guilty on three counts of murder relating to the deaths of three eight-year-old boys the previous year in The Robin Hood Hills, West Memphis, Tennessee, USA. The court sentences Echols to death and Baldwin to life in prison. They, along with an associate, Jessie Misskelley, Jr, [convicted at an earlier date] will become known as The West Memphis Three
. Several rock musicians, convinced that the trio are innocent, will work to have them released
and will write songs inspired by the case. Black Flag will release the 2002 album Rise Above: 24 Black Flag Songs to Benefit the West Memphis Three. Also in 2002, metalcore band Zao will record Free The Three, and in 2011 Disturbed
will release a song entitled "3" as a download on their website, with 100% of the proceeds going to their benefit foundation for their release. Eddie Vedder
, Natalie Maines [of The Dixie Chicks
], Tom Waits
will also work for the release of the trio, which will finally take place on August 19, 2011 - after 18 years in jail.