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Judge denies wrongful conviction suit
Graham, Burrell failed to prove innocence
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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.

In outlining his ruling, Smith stated, “Plaintiffs evidence establishing their actual innocence is lacking, as it consists almost exclusively of their own self-serving, uncorroborated testimony. Moreover, there does exist incriminating evidence which cannot be completed discounted.”

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