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Harris County District Attorney’s Office Supports Bail for Lydell Grant Based on New DNA Evidence

Prosecutors will ask State District Judge George Powell Tuesday to grant Lydell Grant bail with reasonable conditions based on new DNA evidence, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced. 

Based on the new DNA evidence, the District Attorney’s Office believes a bond with reasonable conditions is appropriate in this specific case while the office continues its actual innocence investigation.

Following a trial in the 351st District Court in 2012, Grant was sentenced to life in prison for the December 10, 2010 murder of Aaron Scheerhoorn.

Prosecutors plan to agree with a request for bond for Grant during a hearing set for Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. in the 351st District Court, which is scheduled to convene in the Juvenile Justice Center.

The District Attorney’s Office’s Conviction Integrity Division is conducting a comprehensive review of all evidence in the case to assess Grant’s claim of actual innocence. The reinvestigation by prosecutors and Houston Police has already taken hundreds of hours.

“The highest responsibility of a prosecutor is to see that justice is done,” Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said.  “To accomplish that end, our Conviction Integrity Division and Houston Police are working methodically to determine how the DNA discovered under Scheerhoorn’s fingernails got there, and whether the new evidence exonerates Grant of Scheerhoorn’s murder, notwithstanding the eyewitness identifications of the individuals at the scene of the crime.” 

“Given these high stakes, our office must exercise sufficient due diligence to resolve these questions fully,” Ogg said.  “And when the re-investigation is finished, we will act quickly and decisively to bring this matter to a just result.”

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