The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles is considering whether to allow convicted murderer Edward E. Graf Jr. to remove a GPS tracking device from his ankle.
Jason Clark, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, said parolees, including Graf, in the Super-Intensive Supervision Program are required to wear the ankle monitors, and those cases are required to be reviewed annually.
Graf’s case is under review by the Board of Pardons and Paroles, Clark said.
Graf, 63, who was sentenced to 60 years in prison in October 2014, is scheduled to be on parole until 2048, Clark said.
Graf spent about 3 1/2 months at the halfway house before parole officials approved his new residence, the River Oaks Apartments on Water Street in Kerrville.
Graf’s ex-wife, Clare Bradburn, the mother of the boys Graf was convicted of murdering, said she and others object to the ankle monitor being removed.
“We think it is appalling that Ed Graf is even being considered for removal of the GPS tracking system,” Bradburn said. “We grew up thinking that the justice system would protect us from such murderers, but in fact, it is the opposite.
“We have been fighting to keep this monster away from society, and our justice system wants to release him. The monitoring system is the only wall of protection for our family, friends and witnesses. We will do whatever it takes and diligently continue to protest the removal of the tracking system for this confessed murderer of innocent children.”
Since his release, Graf has been in compliance with the conditions of his release and supervision, Clark said.
The parole board has placed restrictions on counties Graf can enter and live in. McLennan, Denton, Harris, Wichita and Henderson counties are off-limits to Graf, Clark has said.
Graf spent 25 years in prison until the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals awarded him a new trial, ruling the arson evidence used against him at the first trial was faulty.
At his retrial, Graf was sentenced to 60 years in prison after he struck a plea bargain with McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna just before a 54th State District Court jury reached a guilty verdict after 11 hours of deliberations.
Graf was eligible for immediate mandatory release on parole because the good-time credits he earned in prison and the 26 years he served in prison and in jail combined to make his release from prison mandatory under the law in effect at the time of the crime.
Michelle Tuegel, one of Graf’s retrial attorneys, said she thinks Graf should be allowed off the monitor.
“He is still being supervised under parole,” Tuegel said. “This just has to do with a change of conditions, so it isn’t really altering his supervision. As long as he has been doing well and abiding by the rules, and it is my understanding that he has been, then I would hope they remove it.”
Bradburn urges people who wish to appeal Graf’s request to remove the GPS system to send an email to Angela McCown of the board’s victim services division at firstname.lastname@example.org.