did you know that Anthony Graves spent 18 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit. Upon his exoneration the Texas DOJ tried to withhold $1.4M in restitution because court documents were missing two words – “actual innocence”.
Two words kept Graves from more than $1 million.
He could not claim the money because his court documents did not contain the words “actual innocence.”
The Legislature and the governor stepped in to right that wrong.
Now, Graves is once again experiencing true justice.
After 18 years of wrongful imprisonment, Graves is breaking his silence about the death penalty around the world.
To outsiders, it may seem Graves has endured a lot of waiting. To him, that’s not the case.
“I’ve been fighting for 18 years. I’ve never had the opportunity to wait,” he said.
In 1992, Graves was arrested and charged with capital murder in the deaths of a grandmother and five children in Somerville, Texas — murders he didn’t commit.
“I went from home to death row,” Graves said.
Graves would wake up each day on death row and do at least one thing to help his case.
Even after his exoneration, his fight continued.