Free death row inmate ineligible for state payment
HOUSTON — A convicted killer freed from death row last year after prosecutors determined the evidence didn't support his conviction isn't immediately eligible for more than $1 million in compensation.
State officials say his legal documents don't precisely indicate he's innocent. Attorney Nicole Casarez says she and Anthony Graves are disappointed and may have to sue the state because the Texas Comptroller's Office has denied the compensation claim.
Last October, prosecutors determined Graves wasn't involved in the 1992 slayings of six members of a family in Burleson County, about 100 miles northwest of Houston. He and Robert Earl Carter were condemned for the killings. The only evidence tying him to the slayings came from Carter, but Carter absolved Graves shortly before he was executed 10 years ago.