August 19, 2011 |
The men known as the "West Memphis Three," who served more than 18 years behind bars for the notorious 1993 murders of three young boys — and became a cause celebre among actors and musicians who doubted their guilt — won their freedom in an Arkansas courtroom Friday after new evidence arose to potentially challenge their convictions. Their legal absolution, however, was not clear-cut. In an agreement with prosecutors, Damien Echols and Jessie Misskelley, both 36, and Jason Baldwin, 34, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder charges but will also able to claim they are innocent, a rare arrangement known as an Alford plea.
June 10, 1999 |
The governing body for the off-road racing desert series that featured the Baja 500 is expected to impose sanctions today against Jason Baldwin, which could include disqualification, suspension or both. Baldwin, 29, of Laguna Beach, crashed his Trophy Truck into a crowd of spectators Saturday at a popular viewing point 2.1 miles into the 447.6-mile race in Baja California.
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November 21, 2005 |
An off-road racer was believed to be among four passengers presumed dead after a small plane crashed off the Orange County coast over the weekend. Jason Baldwin of Laguna Beach and three others were returning from a racing competition in Baja California when their Cessna 210 plunged into the Pacific on Saturday afternoon about three miles off Dana Point, the U.S. Coast Guard said Sunday. Nearby pleasure boaters had watched the plane spin out of control.
November 8, 2007
Motor sports: In Monday's Sports section, the "day in sports" roundup incorrectly referred to an off-road race as the "James Baldwin Memorial Cup." It was the "Jason Baldwin Memorial Cup."
June 7, 1992 |
Ivan Stewart won the SCORE Baja 500 by more than 16 minutes Saturday, the second time he has won the grueling Baja California off-road race driving alone. Stewart, from Alpine, Calif., completed the course in 8 hours, 55 minutes, 6 seconds, averaging 46.61 miles per hour in his Toyota. Jason Baldwin of Moreno Valley was second in 9:11:38.
August 23, 2011 |
Last week, the "West Memphis Three" were released from prison, having spent half their lives — 18 years — behind bars for crimes they almost certainly didn't commit. So what made prosecutors and investigators sure they had the right guys, and why were those beliefs, once established, so hard to reverse? The crimes for which the three Memphis men were convicted were brutal. Three 8-year-old Cub Scouts were found dead, hogtied and apparently mutilated. The police decided early on that it was likely the boys had been victims of a satanic cult killing, which led them to consider self-described Wiccan teen Damien Echols, a young man with asymmetric black hair, a pale face and oddball taste in clothes and music.