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Texas Man Once Exonerated Of Murder Now Accused of Fatally Shooting Driver in Road Rage Incident

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Apr. 11 2023, Published 2:47 p.m. ET

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A man in Texas was declared innocent in 2021 after being wrongfully convicted of murder and serving seven years in prison. Now, he has been charged with murder in connection with a fatal shooting during a road rage incident, according to authorities.

On April 6, the Houston Police Department said Lydell Grant, 46, allegedly got out of his vehicle following a a minor traffic collision, shot the other driver, 33-year-old Edwin Arevalo, and then fled the scene.

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A warrant was issued for Grant’s arrest and he was taken into custody on April 7, officials said. He remains behind bars on a $1 million bond.

In 2012, Grant was convicted of killing 28-year-old Aaron Scheerhoorn, who was stabbed outside a Houston bar in 2010, CBS News reported. At that trial, six eyewitnesses to the stabbing testified against Grant.

In May 2021, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals declared Grant innocent after a new analysis of DNA found on the victim’s fingernails pointed to Grant’s innocence.

He was initially sentenced to life in prison and served seven years when he was freed on bond in 2019 while awaiting the appeals court’s decision, according to CBS News.

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In 2019, Jermarico Carter was arrested for Scheerhoorn’s murder. Carter confessed to the killing and he pleaded guilty to murder in 2022 and was sent to prison, CBS News reported.

The Innocence Project of Texas worked to get Grant exonerated. They said they couldn’t comment on the specifics of this new incident, as it is an ongoing investigation.

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The organization said their “thoughts and sympathies go out to the victim’s family" and added those with the Innocence Project of Texas "stand behind Mr. Grant's previous exoneration. DNA evidence and the confession of the real perpetrator of the crime proved Mr. Grant's actual innocence," KHOU-TV reported.


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