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  • Writer's pictureMatt Keyser

Lydell Grant is a free man

More than eight years after he was wrongfully convicted of murder, Lydell Grant is a free man.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals issued Grant’s innocence Wednesday morning.

The state’s highest criminal appeals court joined the Houston Police Department, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, and the trial court in which Grant was convicted that he is innocent of the 2010 murder of Aaron Scheerhoorn.

Grant was sentenced to life in prison in 2012 for the killing after six eyewitnesses testified he was the killer. Grant maintained his innocence throughout his nearly seven-year stint in prison.

In 2019, however, DNA under Scheerhoorn’s fingernail was reanalyzed and pointed to a different man: Jermarico Carter.

With the help of the Innocence Project of Texas, Grant was freed on bond days before Thanksgiving in 2019 as the Houston Police Department and Harris County District Attorney’s Office investigated Carter.

Days before Christmas, the DA’s office filed murder charges against Carter and said it supported Grant’s exoneration.

I wrote extensively about Grant's case last September, which you can read here.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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