45 year old Anthony Graves was convicted of assisting Robert Carter in the murders of a woman, her daughter and her four grandchildren in 1992. Years later before Carter was put to death, he said Graves was in no way involved in the murders. Earlier this week the DA dropped all charges against him. Graves described his experience on death row.
“Hell, whatever your description of hell is — that’s what it is. You don’t even need to elaborate, just hell. When you think about hell. There it is.”
I asked him what kept him going.
“Well, I had a lot of love and support for knowing that I was innocent. There were some things that I just wasn’t going to give them. They had took so much from me, but I refused to give them hope and belief in myself, and I used that to keep me going, to motivate me. I knew I was innocent. I wasn’t just going to lay down and die for something that they did wrong.”
Former Brenham DA Charles Sebesta was blasted for grossly mishandling the murder case. This is Graves’s attorney Katherine Scardino, who was described as fiesty in her dedication to her client.
“Well, I appreciate that, but I’m telling you that it’s not hard to be fiesty in a case where such injustice was done. I don’t think in 26 years of practicing law, I have never, ever seen such blatant injustice to another human being as what occured to Anthony Graves in this case.”
Graves says this is the opportuinity to be an advocate for justice. He’s now eligible for more than a million dollars from the state because of his wrongful conviction.