News 04.21.11

48 Hours: Mystery Airs Special on Anthony Graves Case This Saturday

DNA testing didn’t free Texas exoneree Anthony Graves, but the case against him was frighteningly similar to many of those who were cleared by DNA. A prosecutor hid exculpatory evidence from the Graves’ defense team, and the state’s leading witness was Graves’ alleged co-defendant. After a district court reversed his original conviction, the state pushed for retrial.

After realizing her case was built on nothing more than a thoroughly debunked dog scent lineup and the testimony of a medical examiner who mishandled evidence while on the stand, former Harris County assistant district attorney and special prosecutor Kelly Siegler announced on October 27, 2010 that Anthony Graves was “an innocent man.” The Innocence Blog has previously covered the

Anthony Graves case

and has linked to the

extensively researched Texas Monthly article by Pamela Colloff

. CBS’s 48 Hours: Mystery was on the scene for Anthony’s reunion with his family, and

will air their special, “Grave Injustice” this Saturday, April 23, at 9 p.m. (CST)

.

Correspondent Richard Schlesinger talks to both Siegler and Colloff, as well as Houston journalism professor Nicole Casarez and some of the students who originally reinvestigated Graves’ case.

Watch 48 Hours’s raw video of Anthony’s release below:

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