Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Ed Graf: Arson "science." Significant development; Texas Court of Criminal Appeals says he deserves a new trial in 1986 arson murder prosecution - but stops short of declaring him innocent. Waco Tribune. (Post contains an important reference to George Souliotes case in California. HL);

STORY: "Court rules that Graf deserves new trial in 1986 Hewitt arson murder," by reporter Cindy V. Culp. published by the Waco Tribune on March 27, 2013.

GIST: "The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled Wednesday that a Hewitt man convicted of burning his two sons alive in a backyard storage shed in 1986 deserves a new trial. The appellate court stopped short of finding Ed Graf innocent of the crime. But in the opinion, the justices agreed that “the false testimony of arson investigators violated his right to due process.” Graf’s attorney, Walter M. Reaves Jr. of Waco, has sought to overturn Graf’s conviction on the basis that arson testimony given by experts at his trial was based on flawed investigative methods that scientists now know to be false......... The decision about whether to re-try Graf will now be up to McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna. He has previously said his office would thoroughly reinvestigate the case and base its decision about a new trial on that. If Graf is not tried again, he would be released from prison. He has spent 25 years behind bars."

 The entire story can be found at:

See the informative release from "The Arson Project" which notes: "Whereas the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and the Texas State Fire Marshall’s Office appear to be approaching cases concerning faulty forensic fire scene examinations with an open mind, the same can not be said for the California Attorney General’s Office in the case of George Souliotes.  Here are two recent print articles with updates on his case....."


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