Judge hears from lawyers in WM3 evidence case

MARION, Ark. (AP) -- A judge says he plans to rule next week on whether to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the mother of one of three Cub Scouts killed in northeast Arkansas in 1993.

Pam Hicks filed a civil lawsuit in June in hopes of viewing evidence in the slaying of her son, 8-year-old Stevie Branch, and his friends, Michael Moore and Christopher Byers.

Hicks argues that police and prosecutors are violating Arkansas' Freedom of Information Act by not allowing her to examine items from the case that include her son's bicycle and clothes.

David Peeples, attorney for the city of West Memphis, argued that the physical evidence Hicks wants to see is not covered by the state's FOIA law and asked Circuit Court Judge Victor Hill on Wednesday to dismiss the lawsuit.

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