Mother of Stevie Branch Sues City & Police
(Crittenden County, AR) Its been 19 years since Pam Hicks’ 8-year-old son, Stevie, was found murdered in West Memphis.
“I miss him terribly, everyday,” said Hicks. “My life has not been the same with out him.”
Since day one of the murder, she has been trying to get access to the evidence of what her son had in his possessions in his final moments, like his bike, shoes and clothes.
“The items, to the West Memphis Police Department are old evidence but to me its precious memories,” said Hicks.
With the West Memphis Three now out of prison, she requested access again, only to be denied.
She filed a Freedom of Information Lawsuit Friday morning hoping a judge will see her side.
“I do want to know that it has not been contaminated if they need it, if something [were] to come out of this,” said Hicks. “I definitely don’t want to touch it. I just want to have a peace of mind and ease of knowing that they still have it.”
Police Chief Donald Oakes says they still have it, all of it, and most of it is sealed.
Oakes said Hicks requested to see all of the evidence.
He said they probably could have let her see some of it, had the prosecution and the defense agreed, but giving anyone access to the evidence outside of forensic testing could compromise a future prosecution if there ever were one.
It’s now up to a judge to decide.
Hicks initially became concerned because somehow her son’s autopsy photos hit the internet and were for sale.
She says she doesn’t want see anything like that happen again.
Last year, all three men in the case, Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley Jr. and Jason Baldwin were released when they made a deal with prosecutors where they maintained their evidence but plead guilty.
Pam Hicks has publicly said she no longer thinks the WM3 are guilty and was glad they were freed.
She has also acknowledged the speculation her ex-husband Terry Hobbs could have been the killer.