For years, Echols lobbied for a re-trial. And during that time, he received help and support from several high-profile celebrities, including Johnny Depp. He also met his wife, Lorri Davis, while on death row. Eventually, moreover, his efforts paid off. On August 19, 2011, the Memphis Three walked free on so-called “Alford” plea deals. Technically, the court still considers them guilty, but their time has now been served.
The effects that Horn recovered from the storage unit – which was registered to Lorri Davis – included photos of Davis and Echols, artwork, letters, books and two personal journals written by Echols during his stretch at Varner Unit Supermax. “These journals are going to be an insight to what it was like for him when he was in prison,” Horn told WMC Action News 5. “That ought to make for good reading.”