Friday, all three men entered an Alford guilty plea, which means the three men maintain their innocence WHILE ADMITTING THE STATE OF ARKANSAS HAD ENOUGH EVIDENCE FOR A CONVICTION. The plea deal, reached between the defense team and state, protects the state of Arkansas from civil lawsuit related to the conviction.[...]AFTER THE HEARING, Ellington [Prosecutor Scott Ellington] TOLD A TEAM OF REPORTERS FRIDAY HE DIDN'T BELIEVE THE STATE COULD WIN A RETRIAL, if granted, after 18-years.
(Reuters) - Newly tested DNA evidence in the 1993 killings of three 8-year-old Cub Scouts in Arkansas has failed to link the crimes to the men convicted in the murders, including one on Death Row, advocates for the men said on Wednesday.The DNA, including materials from the crime scene, instead matched three unidentified people, furthering supporters' claims that the so-called West Memphis Three are innocent, the advocates told Reuters.
from Fresh DNA evidence boosts defense in 1993 Arkansas slayings (7/27/11)
So the real reason they entered a guilty plea comes down to MIGHT MAKES RIGHT. Despite the evidence of their innocence, they were forced to enter this insane plea to protect powerful criminals who play God with people's lives.