Lydell Grant's exoneration paves way for possible $80K payout for each year he was in prison

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Lydell Grant spoke with ABC13's Roxie Bustamante for the first time since his exoneration after he was wrongfully imprisoned for a 2010 murder. New DNA, and a confession from the actual killer proved his innocence.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A Houston man wrongfully convicted of murder that happened more than a decade ago has been declared "actually innocent" by the state's highest criminal court, bringing an end to years of waiting for an official exoneration.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals declared Lydell Grant innocent more than a year after he was released from prison, according to a statement from the Harris County District Attorney's Office.

A jury in 2012 sentenced Grant to life in prison for the 2010 stabbing death of Aaron Scheerhoorn outside a Montrose bar.

Lydell Grant thanked the Houston Innocence Project and others around the world who supported him for the nine years he was wrongfully convicted of the 2010 murder.

Newly discovered evidence led to another suspect being charged with Scheerhoom's killing, according to the district attorney's office.

Even though he was released in 2019, Grant told ABC13 in Nov. 2020 that he was patiently waiting for the court's final say on his exoneration.

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Lydell Grant was released from prison on a $100,000 bond after new DNA and a confession from the actual killer proved his innocence.

"Being locked up, if I didn't learn anything else, I learned how to have patience," Grant told Eyewitness News at the time. "Whatever the judicial system is trying to do, whatever they have in mind to do, it's not going to work if it's not the right thing."

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Newly tested DNA evidence freed Grant in Nov. 2019. One month later, Houston police tracked down 42-year-old Jermarico Carter, who they say was Aaron Scheerhorn's actual killer.

"The exoneration of innocent individuals is as important as the conviction of guilty ones," Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said Wednesday in a statement. "The highest responsibility of a prosecutor is to see that justice is done."

The court's decision means Grant can apply for $80,000 in state compensation for each year of his wrongful imprisonment.


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