Robert Smith Auctions Off LPs to Raise Money for Death Row Inmate's Defense
Smith, of the Cure, offers up an autographed vinyl set of Disintegration in an effort to raise cash and free an innocent man.
The leader of the immensely influential 1980s group aims to round up enough funds to pay for a solid defense for the West Memphis Three: Damien Echols (who is on death row), Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, Jr.
Rulings convicted the West Memphis Three for murdering three elementary school children in 1994.
Over the years, however, DNA collected and tested from the crime scene suggests a lack of match with the three imprisoned men, according to reports.
Echols’ appeals for a new trial Sept. 30 beofre the Arkansas State Supreme Court.
The auction runs from Sept. 20 to Oct. 7 — 17 days with each day representing a year the West Memphis Three spent in the slammer.
Bids for the vinyl set start at $100.
Go here if you’d like to place a bid.
“Please bid generously and help free the West Memphis Three — this grotesque miscarriage of justice has dragged on for 17 years too long,” Smith said in a statement.
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