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Judge denies wrongful conviction suit
Plaintiffs charged in connect with 1986 double homicide
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The case of two men who claim they were wrongfully convicted and incarcerated in the 1986 deaths of a Downsville couple have been dismissed by a 3rd District Court judge.

Judge R. Wayne Smith ruled that Michael Ray Graham Jr. and Albert Burrell had not met the burden of proof in connection with their allegations following their convictions in connection with the deaths of William Delbert and Callie M. Frost, who were found shot in their home in Downsville in August 1986.

Both men were found guilty and sentenced to death during separate trials in 1987. Their convictions were later overturned, and the state dismissed the charges when key witnesses in the earlier trials recanted their testimony.

More details in the July 24, 2014 edition of The Gazette.

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