Crittenden County Circuit Court Judge Victor Hill has ruled against attorneys for Pam Hicks and Mark Byers in their efforts to look at the physical evidence taken in the West Memphis 3 case in 1993.
Judge Hill dismissed the claims on Monday.
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In a three-page written decision released Tuesday afternoon Judge Hill also dealt a crippling blow to any efforts to reopen the case based on affidavits the plaintiff's attorneys brought to light.
Judge Hill ruled the court had no jurisdiction to force prosecuting attorney Scott Ellington to act on a "criminal theory" contained in the affidavits alleging four other men may have committed the murders of three West Memphis 8-year-olds.
He also ruled against the plaintiffs citing the Freedom of Information Act only applies to documents and not to clothes or other physical evidence.
However, Judge Hill said if attorneys for Hicks and Byers wanted to file another brief with the court he might re-evaluate his ruling at that time.