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Shipper pulls support for conference after Damien Echols asked to speak

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Shipping giant FedEx has pulled out of a business conference after former Arkansas death row inmate Damien Echols was asked to speak.

FedEx was a co-sponsor of Everywhereelse.co: The Startup Conference, which is scheduled for Sunday through Tuesday at the Cook Convention Center.

FedEx withdrew sponsorship this week after conference organizers announced Echols would take part in a talk Monday about how the world has changed since he was sent to prison. Echols is 1 of 3 men who were convicted in the killing of 3 Cub Scouts in a West Memphis, Ark., woods in 1993.

FedEx spokesperson Shea Leordeanu told The Commercial Appeal the subject of Echols' talk didn't match the company's understanding of what the conference was about.

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