Appeals Court Orders New Trial in Burleson County Murder

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HOUSTON (AP) - A federal appeals court has ordered a new trial for a death row inmate convicted of killing a Burleson County woman, her daughter and four grandchildren.

A panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found prosecutors withheld two statements that could have swayed jurors.

Anthony Graves was convicted in the 1992 deaths of Bobbie Joyce
Davis; her 16-year-old daughter, Nicole; and four grandchildren.

The only evidence linking Graves to the crime was the testimony of co-defendant Robert Earl Carter.

On the night before the trial, Carter told Burleson County prosecutor Charles Sebesta quote --"I did it all myself."

Sebesta didn't tell Graves' attorney about the statement.

Carter implicated his wife, Theresa, as an accomplice in the deaths, but Sebesta also failed to disclose that.