On August 19, 2011, they entered Alford pleas, which allowed them to assert their innocence while acknowledging that prosecutors have enough evidence to convict them.
Judge David Laser accepted the pleas and sentenced the three to time served.
A more thorough police search for the children began around am on May 6, led by the Crittenden County Search and Rescue personnel.
Searchers canvassed all of West Memphis but focused primarily on Robin Hood Hills, where the boys were reported last seen.
The first report to the police was made by Byers' adoptive father, John Mark Byers, around pm.
Three eight-year-old boys—Steve Branch, Michael Moore, and Christopher Byers—were reported missing on May 5, 1993.
Despite a shoulder-to-shoulder search of Robin Hood Hills by a human chain, searchers found no sign of the missing boys.