Dixie Chicks Singer Natalie Maines Sued by Murdered Boy's Stepfather

Natalie Maines, the lead singer of the Dixie Chicks, is being sued for defamation for statements she made at a rally in 2007 about the murders of three young boys.

A complaint was filed November 25 by Terry Hobbs, the stepfather of one of three 8-year old boys murdered in 1993.

His complaint says Maines wrongfully made a "false and reckless claim that [Hobbs] committed the murders of the three boys."

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His stepson Steve Branch, along with Christopher Byers and Michael Moore, was found dead May 5, 1993.

Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley and Jason Baldwin were convicted of the murders in 1994.

Maines — identified by her married name, Pasdar, in the lawsuit — allegedly made the comments during a rally on Dec, 19, 2007 on the steps of the Arkansas State Capitol in Little Rock.

Hobbs also claims that Maines "recklessly published or caused to be published malicious, libelous, slanderous, and false statements" on the band's Web site on Nov. 26, 2007.

The lawsuit seeks undisclosed punitive damages.

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