Travis County

Texas Judge Finds Ex-Day Care Owners Innocent of Abuse

A Texas judge has approved a prosecutor's declaration of innocence for the former owners of a day care who were imprisoned for 21 years for child abuse and satanic rituals.

Dan and Fran Keller were freed in 2013 after the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals determined a doctor gave false testimony in their trial. They divorced in prison.

The couple was convicted in 1992 of sexually assaulting a 3-year-old after children in their care told investigators fantastic tales of dismembered babies and tortured pets.

Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore said in a statement Tuesday that state District Judge Cliff Brown approved her motion that absolves the Kellers of any crimes.

The determination of outright innocence makes each eligible for $80,000 in compensation for every year they were wrongfully imprisoned.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
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