Waco: Lower Bond Denied For Man Awaiting Retrial in Sons’ Deaths

A request for reduced bond was denied Friday in a Waco courtroom for Ed Graf, who’s awaiting a new trial after his conviction for setting a shed fire that killed his two adopted sons was overturned.

Ed Graf in court. (File)

WACO (October 18, 2013)--Ed Graf, who was convicted 25 years ago of setting a shed fire in Hewitt that killed his two adopted sons, lost a bid for a bond reduction Friday in state district court in Waco.

State District Judge Matt Johnson agreed with prosecutors that Graf, who had already requested lower bond, had no right to request a second bond reduction, and remanded Graf back to custody.

Graf is held in the McLennan County Jail on a $1.5 million bond awaiting a new trial in with the fiery Aug. 26, 1986 deaths of his two sons Jason, 8 and Joby, 9.

On Aug. 19 Johnson ordered a new trial for Graf after the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals threw out Graf’s 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 his two adopted sons.

The new trial isn't set to begin until February, court dockets show.

Graf's brother, Craig Graf, who was in the courtroom Friday, said his brother had been hopeful the judge would reduce his bond so he could get out of jail.

"We were hoping the judge would entertain the motion for bond reduction, but we'll just go straight ahead to trial," Craig Graf said.

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