HOUSTON – Lydell Grant was released from custody on bail Tuesday after new DNA evidence raised questions about his conviction in the 2010 Montrose murder of Aaron Scheerhoorn.
“I feel free now. It was a long time coming,” Grant said after he stepped out of the Harris County Jail holding his mother’s hand. “I always claimed my innocence. I thank God (for) the Innocence Project. They believed in me. They took my case and they worked it.”
Grant was convicted of first-degree murder in 2012 and sentenced to life in prison. In June, officials retested a DNA sample that had inconclusive results a decade ago. This time, the results were definite.
“Based on the likelihood ratio result, (defendant) Lydell Grant is excluded as a contributor to this profile,” officials wrote in a document filed in court.
This new evidence raised sufficient questions in Grant’s conviction for the Harris County District Attorney, Kim Ogg, to support the defense’s request for bond.
“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,” officials from Ogg’s office wrote in a Monday evening press release.
Tuesday morning, a district judge granted him a $100,000 bond.