Published: Aug 19, 2011 4:34 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 19, 2011 6:05 PM EDT

Three convicted killers could walk free on Friday afternoon, after a surprise court hearing in Arkansas.     

The men are known as the West Memphis Three and are accused of killing three young boys back in 1993.    

The father of victim, Stevie Branch, says he was told from a reliable source, the men will be released from prison Friday.

A closed-door hearing happened in the judge's chambers.

Damien Echols is on death row for the murders. James Baldwin and Jessie Misskelly are serving life terms.

They were teenagers when the three 8-year-olds went missing in West Memphis in May of 1993. The victims were found in the woods, brutally murdered and mutilated. New D.N.A. evidence in 2007 emerged that defense attorneys say exonerates the three.

There's also been high profile celebrities fighting for their release. Steven Branch Senior still believes the three men are guilty, even though he was told they'll walk on Friday.     

If the West Memphis Three are released, it doesn't mean they won't face a new trial.