Man exonerated for 2010 murder now accused of deadly road rage shooting in SW Houston

Lydell Grant was released from prison in 2019 after being exonerated for a fatal stabbing at a Montrose bar in 2010.

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In 2019, Lydell Grant was found innocent after serving eight years in prison for a deadly stabbing at a Montrose bar in 2010. Now, he's accused of killing a man in a road rage shooting.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A $1 million bond was set for a man accused of killing another driver after a crash. The 46-year-old suspect, Lydell Grant, was released from prison in 2019 for another murder for which he was ultimately found innocent.

ABC13 covered Grant's story quite extensively over the last few years. His story made national news three years ago after he was exonerated for a fatal stabbing at a Montrose bar in 2010.

Now, he's accused in a fatal road rage shooting in southwest Houston.

The incident happened Thursday at about 11:50 p.m. near Hiram Clarke Road and Brentwood Park Drive.

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HPD said the suspect had a stop sign when the victim, who had the right of way, drove through and struck the Lexus. That's when police say the suspect got out and shot through the victim's windshield, killing him.

Houston police believe Grant and another woman were leaving a corner store when he ran a stop sign, causing a Toyota to hit him.

Grant allegedly got out of his car and then fired multiple shots through the windshield of the Toyota before getting back into his car and taking off.

The driver of the Toyota, 33-year-old Edwin Arevalo, died at the scene.

The accusations against Grant were read in probable cause court overnight.

Investigators say that surveillance video helped them identify Grant as the suspect, leading to his arrest on Friday.

Grant was previously sentenced to life in prison in 2012 for the fatal stabbing of a man outside of a Montrose bar.

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With help from the Innocence Project of Texas, new DNA evidence, and a confession from the actual perpetrator, Grant was exonerated in 2019 after serving about eight years in prison.

The defense mentioned that Grant has been running his own home cleaning business for the last six months and helps with supporting his mother. The last time there were any charges on his criminal record was in 2009.

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In a statement to ABC13, a spokesperson with the Innocent Project of Texas wrote in part, "We are saddened by the news of this tragic event and our thoughts and sympathies go out to the victim's family. As this is an ongoing investigation, we cannot comment on the specifics of this incident. We stand behind Mr. Grant's previous exoneration, which was granted by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals."

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