COMING UP ON 48 HOURS MYSTERY: EXONERATED MAN RECEIVES $1.4 MILLION IN COMPENSATION FROM STATE OF TEXAS
SATURDAY, MARCH 17 (10:00 P.M., ET/PT)
"If it hadn't been for 48 Hours Mystery, I don't think I would be getting my compensation," said Anthony Graves following the announcement that he would be awarded restitution after nearly 20 years of wrongful incarceration.
On April 23, 2011, 48 HOURS MYSTERY correspondent Richard Schlesinger reported the story, "Grave Injustice," of Anthony Graves, a Texas man who walked free in October 2010 when it was proven that he had been wrongfully convicted in 1994 on six counts of capital murder. Formerly known as Inmate #999127, Graves was on death row when a group of journalism students from the University of St. Thomas in Houston began looking at his case. After four years of investigating, they uncovered the truth: Anthony Graves was an innocent man.
Despite gaining his freedom and good name back, Graves did not receive complete justice. According to a 2009 Texas law, those exonerated can receive $80,000 for every year they were imprisoned; however, because two words - "actual innocence" - were missing from Graves' prison release papers, Texas refused to compensate him.
"They (48 HOURS MYSTERY) laid out my case for the whole world to see and as a result it made Texas do the right thing. I owe it all to 48 Hours, for first taking an interest in my case, seeing the injustice for what it was, and then showing the rest of the world," said Graves.
In 2011, Texas Governor Rick Perry signed a bill that will afford $1.4 million in compensation for Graves' wrongful imprisonment.
On Saturday, March 17, 48 HOURS MYSTERY correspondent Richard Schlesinger details this complicated miscarriage of justice. He speaks with Graves, his family and two former prosecutors who battle over the truthfulness of the evidence. Schlesinger also talks with the former journalism students and members of the media who helped shed light on this injustice.
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