HOUSTON (AP) - A man sent to Texas death row for the 1992 slaughter of a central Texas family is now a free man after prosecutors dropped the capital murder charges against him.
Anthony Graves walked out of the Burleson County Jail in Caldwell on Wednesday.
He had been convicted of helping Robert Earl Carter kill Bobbie Joyce Davis; her 16-year-old daughter, Nicole; and four grandchildren between the ages of 4 and 9 in the family's Somerville home.
But the only evidence tying Graves to the killings was Carter's testimony, and Carter recanted that testimony just before his 1998 execution.
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ordered a new trial for Graves in 2006. A report in the October issue of Texas Monthly magazine raised new questions about the lack of evidence tying Carter to the crimes.