Monday, October 6, 2014

Ed Graf: Arson retrial: Jury has been "seated." Testimony to begin tomorrow (October 7, 2014); News Channel 25;

STORY: "Update: Jury seated in Graf trial, testimony begins Tuesday," by reporter Meg Bonacorsi, published by News Channel 25  on October 6, 2014.

GIST: "A 12-person jury is now seated for the murder retrial of Ed Graf, Junior.  Graf is charged with capital murder for the deaths of his two stepsons in a backyard shed fire.  He was convicted in 1988 but was granted a new trial due to a change in arson science.   The courtroom was absolutely packed for jury selection Monday as legal teams asked nearly 80 potential jurors a slew of questions on topics ranging from circumstantial evidence to step-parenting.........Both the prosecution and defense said today's jury selection process did take a little longer than usual because of all the questions they wanted to ask.  Testimony is set to begin Tuesday morning.  As a whole, the trial is expected to last two weeks."

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See related NPR story: "Retrial in Texas murder case opens with a new understanding of arson":  "Ed Graf has spent 25 years in prison in Waco, Texas, convicted of setting a fire in a shed that killed his two stepsons. But in the years since Graf's trial, much of the forensic evidence used against him has been revealed to be nothing more than junk science, which has prompted the state of Texas to take a look old arson convictions dating back to at least 2003. On Monday, Graf became the first person in the state to get a retrial based on new understandings of fire forensics."


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