Texas sets man free from death row

Anthony Graves
Anthony Graves

Source: Houston Chronicle
published: 28th October 2010

After 18 years of incarceration and countless protestations of innocence, Anthony Graves finally got a nod of approval from the one person who mattered Wednesday and at last returned home — free from charges that he participated in the butchery of a family in Somerville he did not know and free of the possibility that he would have to answer for them with his life.

The district attorney for Washington and Burleson counties, Bill Parham, gave Graves his release. The prosecutor filed a motion to dismiss charges that had sent Graves to Texas’ death row for most of his adult life.

Graves returned to his mother’s home in Brenham no longer the “cold-blooded killer,” so characterized by the prosecutor who first tried him, but as another exonerated inmate who even in the joy of redemption will face the daunting prospect of reassembling the pieces of a shattered life.

“He’s an innocent man,” Parham said, noting that his office investigated the case for five months. “There is nothing that connects Anthony Graves to this crime. I did what I did because that’s the right thing to do.”

An attorney for Graves, Jimmy Phillips Jr., said his client was released from Burleson County Jail, where he had been awaiting a retrial, at about 5:30 p.m.

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One thought on “Texas sets man free from death row

  1. Yet another example of a ‘close shave’ with death. Need I mention the case of Cameron Todd Willingham.

    This is the problem with the death penalty – it is so FINAL. Once a person is dead no reprieve in the world can make up for the loss and injustice felt by the loved ones left behind.

    This cruel and unusual punishment must be frowned upon and banished by all countries of the world.

    Great news for Anthony…

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