In January, the defense team said that it had new evidence against Terry Hobbs, one of the Cub Scouts’ stepfather. Mr. Hobbs’s nephew allegedly told his friends that his uncle killed the three boys. The friends underwent polygraph tests. They passed the tests, according to the defense team.
Hobbs’s DNA has also been linked to the crime scene in previous investigations. Hobbs, however, has always maintained his innocence.
Billboards and radio advertising will promote the reward. A confidential tip line has also been created.
In 1993, a $30,000 reward was offered by the West Memphis Police Department. That reward contributed to luring Mr. Misskelley into a police interrogation that resulted in him falsely confessing to the crime and implicating Messrs. Echols and Baldwin.
Hollywood attention is continuing to keep the case in the limelight.
An HBO documentary, "Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory," was nominated for an Academy Award on Sunday. Another documentary, "West of Memphis," spearheaded by “Lord of the Rings” director Peter Jackson, debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January. A movie, based on a book about the case, is in the works with Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth reportedly starring.