HOUSTON, TX – Anthony Graves spent 18 years in prison, 12 of them on death row, for a crime he didn’t commit.
The fight to clear his name has been long. And although he was exonerated, it’s still not over.
Back in 1992, a man named Robert Carter killed six people, and he said Graves helped him do it.
Carter was eventually put to death, and right before his execution, he admitted he acted alone.
Then, another look at the case proved there was absolutely no evidence linking Graves to the crime.
He was released from prison in 2010, and in 2011 he was awarded $1.4 million by the state of Texas.
But money doesn’t make up for the fact that the man who Graves says is responsible for putting him behind bars was never held accountable.
On Monday, Graves filed a grievance against his prosecuting attorney, former Burleson District Attorney Charles Sebesta.
“It took me 18 and a half years to get back home, two execution dates, all because a man abused his position,” Graves said.
It’s believed Sebesta intentionally withheld evidence that could have helped Graves.
But this effort doesn’t stop with Graves’ case. State lawmakers have stepped up to call on reforms to the Texas Criminal Justice System.
It’s all part of the bigger effort to prevent wrongful convictions and keep innocent people free.