UPDATE: Dixie Chicks singer supporting convicts in West Memphis case

LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- The lead singer of the Dixie Chicks is to be on hand to rally supporters asking for the release the three men convicted in the 1993 slaying of three boys in West Memphis.

Natalie Maines will attend an event planned for next Wednesday at the Arkansas state Capitol. Supporters say they will unveil a long banner of postcards from around the world calling for the release of Jason Baldwin, Damien Echols and Jessie Misskelley, who are known to sympathizers as the "West Memphis Three."

Echols was sentenced to death for the slayings of Stevie Branch, Christopher Byers and Michael Moore, who disappeared from their neighborhood in 1993. Baldwin and Misskelley received life sentences.

A new appeal on Echols' behalf includes a report saying DNA tests found no trace of the three men. However, a report included in the filing shows much of the evidence failed to yield reportable results.

In a letter on the band's Web site, Maines writes that she feels the three were "wrongly convicted." She is also asking for donations for their legal fund.

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