Exonerated Ex-death Row Inmate Creates UT Law Scholarship

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

HOUSTON (AP) - A man who spent 18 years on Texas' death row before a court exonerated him is using part of the $1.4 million he was awarded as compensation for his time in prison to create a scholarship in honor of the attorney who helped free him.

The Houston Chronicle reports Anthony Graves has created the Nicole B. Casarez Endowed Scholarship in Law at the University of Texas Law School, where Casarez graduated in 1979.

Casarez said the news of the endowment came as a complete surprise to her.

Graves spent nearly half his adult life in prison before prosecutors determined in October 2010 he wasn't involved in the 1992 slayings of six members of a family in Burleson County, about 100 miles northwest of Houston.

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