After serving 7 years of a life sentence in jail, a new DNA test of the victim’s fingernail from a 2010 murder led authorities in Houston to arrest another suspect in Georgia. The suspect later confessed to the killing as well.
Lydell Grant, 42, who was serving a life sentence in jail, was freed last month after the new evidence surfaced, after the new evidence suggested that Grant was innocent of killing 28-year-old Aaron Scheerhoorn outside a Houston club.
The new test, using more advanced DNA technology cleared Grant but also resulted in a hit on the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System that pointed to Jermarico Carter, who then confessed to the crime.
“The highest responsibility of a prosecutor is to see that justice is done and ensuring that we have the correct individual charged is a baseline responsibility,” said District Attorney Ogg.
“We are relieved that Lydell’s wrongful conviction has had this important breakthrough. We look forward to his full exoneration at the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals,” said Mike Ware, executive director of the Innocence Project of Texas and one of Grant’s attorneys.
Grant was convicted on the basis that six eyewitnesses testified to him stabbing the victim multiple times outside the club. Grant’s family will shortly enjoy a long waited homecoming, and finally get the justice they deserve. Here is another statement by the Houston police chief-
“On behalf of the Houston Police Department, I want to extend an apology to Mr. Grant and his family as they have waited for justice all these years.”
This should bring some long sought closure for the Grant family.