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Convicted killer leaves halfway house for monitored Kerrville apartment

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KERRVILLE, Texas — A man convicted of killing his two adopted stepsons in an arson fire has moved into an approved apartment in Kerrville and is being monitored by a GPS system after spending about three months in a halfway house.

Edward E. Graf Jr. was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to life in prison in 1988. After 26 years in prison, Graf was granted a retrial where he was given a 60-year sentence in October, when he agreed to a plea deal.

The Waco Tribune-Herald (http://bit.ly/1Br7zn7) reports that Graf, 62, received good-time credit and was released into the halfway house in El Paso seven days after he admitted to the crime.

"I pray for the safety and welfare of citizens in any community where Ed Graf will live and work," said Clare Bradburn, Graf's ex-wife and the mother of the two boys, Jason, 8, and Joby, 9.

Prosecutors had accused Graf of locking the two boys in a shed behind his former home in Hewitt and setting it on fire to collect insurance money.

Graf was granted a new trial after the State Fire Marshal's Office concluded that two investigators who testified against him in 1988 misinterpreted photos and other evidence when they said the fire was set intentionally.

Graf maintained his innocence until he admitted to the crime as part of his plea deal.

"As I understand, halfway houses are temporary living and the goal is to rehabilitate criminals back into society," Bradburn said. "How can a twice-convicted, double child murderer, who has lied for 26 years and finally confessed to brutally burning my young sons alive, be rehabilitated in four months? Ed Graf will never be rehabilitated."

Graf is under the Super-Intensive Supervision Program, and must seek a job and keep a daily schedule. If Graf deviates from that schedule, his ankle monitor will alert a parole officer.

Graf will be supervised until April 29, 2048.

One of Graf's attorneys, Walter M. Reaves Jr., in concerned his client may not be able to find a job.

"He's 62 years old with a college education, but he spent the last 26 years in prison," Reaves said. "I don't know. He certainly is capable of doing a lot of things. Whether he will have the opportunity to do that is another question. But I am happy he is finally out. I hope he can find a job and move forward."


Information from: Waco Tribune-Herald, http://www.wacotrib.com

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