"Though the state elicited no elaboration from any of its witnesses regarding the import of these items," the court wrote, prosecutors "explicitly sought in both opening and closing to link these items with the so-called 'gothic lifestyle' and to characterize them as evidence of 'Satanic influences.'" Prosecutors Brent Davis and John Fogleman were not so careless at the Echols/Baldwin trial, 12 years earlier in Arkansas.
told the jury that wearing black, listening to heavy metal music, and reading books by the likes of Stephen King, Ann Rice and Dean Koontz (which were also mentioned at trial), did not necessarily make Echols a killer.
Like Davis and Fogleman
empathized that in a circumstantial case, the items "must be taken as pieces of a puzzle.
John Fogleman, an uncle of the man by the same name who prosecuted the West Memphis Three, was the county's assistant prosecuting attorney at the time.
That John Fogleman
is dead now, but his
brother, Julian Fogleman, who was Marion's city attorney when Banks was murdered, was still alive in 2010, when he
was interviewed by a reporter for CNN
Julian Fogleman is the father of John Fogleman, who prosecuted the West Memphis Three and who is now a circuit judge.
Julian Fogleman's now-deceased brother John was elected to the Arkansas Supreme Court, where he eventually served as chief justice.
Last year, his
nephew, Judge John Fogleman
of the West Memphis case, ran for a seat on the state's high court.
When asked during his campaign about the scarcity of evidence at the teenagers' trials, Fogleman told a reporter for the Arkansas Times, "I completely stand by every step I took in that case.
lost the election.