UPDATE: Formal ruling expected in WM3 records case

MARION, Ark. (AP) - A judge is expected to issue a formal ruling next week in a legal battle over public records in the case of 3 Cub Scouts who were killed 20 years ago in West Memphis.

Judge Victor Hill said Wednesday that he plans to issue a ruling Monday in a lawsuit that has sought access to evidence in the slayings of 8-year-olds Stevie Branch, Michael Moore and Christopher Byers.

Three men, known as the West Memphis Three, were convicted as teenagers for the murders. Those convictions were set aside in 2011 and they were released as part of a plea deal with prosecutors.

Hill said Wednesday he tentatively dismissed a prosecutor from the case, but he said he'll wait issue a final decision next week after reading new filings.

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