Innocence Found

Why did Anthony Graves spend eighteen years behind bars—twelve of them on death row—for a crime he did not commit?
Anthony Graves on November 10, 2010.
Photograph by Sarah Wilson

The 6,640th day of Anthony Graves’s incarceration—October 27, 2010—began like any other. He awoke at five o’clock in the morning to the sound of the food cart rattling down the hall of the Burleson County jail, where a guard slid his breakfast tray through a slot in his cell door. At seven o’clock, the overhead fluorescent lights came on, illuminating the windowless cell where he had lived in solitary confinement for the past four years. Graves turned on the TV, switching it to the local morning newscast. The 45-year-old inmate compulsively watched the

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