Johnny Depp Fights for Release of the West Memphis Three
Actor Johnny Depp makes an extraordinary plea in a crime that shocked the nation 17 years ago.
"Every single piece of evidence points to their innocence not to their guilt," Depp told CBS's 48 Hours Mystery.
Depp is speaking out in support of the three men who were teenagers when they were convicted of the 1993 murders of three young boys.
The second graders were found mutilated in West Memphis, Arkansas, in what was described as a satanic ritual.
Depp is facing criticism for going public about the case at the same time his new movie, Alice in Wonderland, is opening in theatres.
But Depp told 48 Hours, "If they try to make me squirm that's nothing compared to what these guys have had to deal with."
48 Hours correspondent Erin Moriarty says she interviewed the notoriously private Depp long before the movie came out.
"If Johnny Depp didn't feel passionately about this case, he never would have put himself out there like this," says Moriarty.
Other stars, like the Dixie Chicks and actress Winona Ryder, have also voiced support for the three men, known as the West Memphis Three.
Even Pam Hobbs, the mother of victim Stevie Branch, told INSIDE EDITION the case should be reopened because of new DNA evidence that points to another killer or killers.
"I feel like there is a great possibility that they're innocent," Hobbs told INSIDE EDITION.
"People need to, at a certain point, stand up and say, 'Yeah let's find the real killers, let's find justice,' " Depp told Moriarty.
Defense attorneys now believe Pam Hobbs's former husband, Terry Hobbs, should be investigated. His DNA was allegedly found on the shoelace of one of the victims.
"Are you the real killer?" INSIDE EDITION's Diane McInerney asked Terry Hobbs.
"I can't believe you would ask me something like that," he responded.
"Where are the real killers?" asked McInerney.
"They're sitting in an Arkansas prison today," he said.
"What do you want to say to Johnny Depp?"
"Mind your own business, go make your movies, leave us alone, we have to live with this, you don't."
One of the convicted killers is on death row; the other two are serving life sentences.