One month ago, the Texas Monthly ran a story about Anthony Graves, a man from East Texas who has spent 18 years incarcerated for six murders committed in Somerville in 1992. The story, written by Pamela Coloff, detailed the unsubstantiated case against Graves which relied heavily on the testimony of Robert Carter, a primary suspect in the initial investigation who has since recanted his story. But yesterday, just weeks after Coloff’s article began to gather national attention, Graves was released from custody and all charges against him were dropped.
Since his conviction in 1994, Graves spent 12 years on death row. In 2006, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals found that his conviction had been improperly obtained, but he has since remained in custody in Burleson County Jail in Caldwell awaiting his retrial. The trial was scheduled for this February, and the prosecution had planned to seek the death penalty for Graves once again. Thankfully, though, Graves’ innocence has been recognized by the the Burleson County district attorney’s office, and he is finally free to rebuild the life he never should have lost.