Work of Conviction Integrity Division Integral to
Reinvestigation of 2010 Murder
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
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
“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.”
Harris County District Attorney’s Office