Church Burners

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.

Source: Texas Monthly
Published: May 11, 2011
Length: 30 minutes (7,554 words)

Innocence Found

“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.

Source: Texas Monthly
Published: Jan 1, 2011
Length: 24 minutes (6,084 words)

Innocence Lost

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.

Source: Texas Monthly
Published: Oct 1, 2010
Length: 57 minutes (14,450 words)