STORY: "Free after six years in a cell, now she is on her own," by reporter Brandi Grissom, published by the New York Times through an arrangement with the  Texas Tribune, on June 1, 2013.

GIST: "In February, Texas’ highest criminal court acquitted Ms. Winfrey, ruling that the dog scent evidence prosecutors used against her was insufficient. Now, she faces the challenge of starting a life as a single parent. She has had no job training, and has a capital murder conviction on her record. And because she was acquitted, but not declared “actually innocent” or pardoned, she is ineligible for compensation for the years she spent in prison.........The charges against the Winfreys were largely the result of work by a Fort Bend County sheriff’s deputy’s bloodhounds. The dogs “alerted” when sniffing scent samples from Ms. Winfrey, her father and her brother, said the deputy, Keith A. Pikett, indicating that their scent profiles matched evidence found on Mr. Burr’s clothing......... Her father, who went to trial first, was found guilty and sentenced to 75 years in prison. In 2008, Ms. Winfrey was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison. Court-appointed lawyers represented Ms. Winfrey and her father. But by the time her brother went to trial in 2009, the family had scraped together enough money to hire their own lawyers. They found experts who told the jury that the dog scent lineups were rigged. Mr. Winfrey Jr. was acquitted. Then, in 2010, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals issued an acquittal for Ms. Winfrey’s father, ruling that dog scent evidence alone was insufficient for a conviction. “I was just like, well, O.K., it’s my turn,” she recalled. “I’m ready to come out now.” But it would be two and a half years before a similar ruling was made in her case. In that time, her grandmother, who had raised Ms. Winfrey, had a stroke and died."