Local Man’s Wait For New Trial In Boys’ Fiery Deaths Extended

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WACO (January 17, 2014) The retrial of a suburban Waco man once convicted of capital murder in the fiery deaths of his two adopted sons was rescheduled Friday.

Ed Graf during an earlier court appearance. (File photo)

Ed Graf was scheduled to go on trial on Feb. 3, but on Friday the trial was reset for May 19 during a closed-door meeting between State District Judge Matt Johnson, prosecutors and defense attorneys.

Johnson also issued a gag order, barring prosecutors and defense attorneys from discussing the case.

Graf served 25 years of a life prison sentence for the deaths of his adopted sons Jason, 8 and Joby, 9, before the Texas Court of Appeals threw out his capital murder conviction in March, citing faulty arson science.

The court agreed that modern forensic techniques could prove he didn't start the fire in a shed in the backyard of the family's home in Hewitt that killed the two boys.

In August 2013 Johnson ordered the new trial.

Graf remains in the McLennan County Jail in lieu of $1.5 million bond.