It was one of the most perplexing crimes anyone could recall—ten churches in East Texas torched in six weeks. But even more mysterious was the fact that the arsonists were two local boys, raised as Baptists, who had met in Sunday school.
“All charges have been dropped.” He looked at her, dumbfounded. “You’re free,” she said. “You’re going home.” “Are you playing with me?” he whispered. Cásarez shook her head. “It’s over,” she said. “It’s finally over.” On the table beside her was a dismissal order from the court filed at 3:57 p.m. that stated, “We have found no credible evidence which inculpates this defendant.” The decision to drop all charges had come so suddenly that the defense team had only learned the news earlier that afternoon. As Anthony Graves leaned against Cásarez, he broke down.
On October 27, 2010, just a month after the publication of this story, the Burleson County district attorney’s office dropped all murder charges against Anthony Graves and released him from the county jail, where he was awaiting retrial.