Anthony Graves is also known as Death Row Exoneree 138. Anthony spent eighteen and a half years in prison, sixteen of those in solitary confinement, twelve on Texas Death Row, with two execution dates, for a crime he did not commit. With Anthony’s steadfast focus on his innocence and the tireless work of The Innocence Network, he was vindicated and released in 2010. Since, he has spoken at prestigious universities and organizations all over the world, including the American Bar Association Death Penalty Representation Project’s 25th Anniversary with retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, the Anti-Defamation League’s Summer Associate Program, and he testified at the U.S. Senate Judiciary Hearing on Solitary Confinement led by Senator Dick Durbin. Anthony is a sought-after presenter at Continuing Legal Education workshops on ethics and a prominent activist with the ACLU. Anthony's story has been featured on two covers of Texas Monthly, the Katie Couric Show and the 48-hours documentary "Grave Injustice" which won the 2012 Emmy Award. In 2013, Anthony started a scholarship at University of Texas Law School in the name of his champion, Nicole Casarez, and on Martin Luther King Day 2014, filed a grievance against District Attorney, Charles Sebesta, who wrongfully convicted him. Anthony started the Anthony Graves Foundation to give children left behind by the criminal justice system, a choice and a chance to live happy, productive lives, and become the powerful, new foundation of our communities.
Antonio L. Ford is the Chief Operating Officer of the Anthony Graves Foundation. Mr. Antonio Ford is a public servant with over twenty five years of experience in Law Enforcement. He has a Masters degree in Criminology as well as an Associates in Law Enforcement. Over the course of his career he has served as a correctional officer, police sergeant, until ultimately becoming chief of police. He has successfully directed the creation of many law enforcement entities including the Cleveland Independent School District’s Police Department which became a Texas Recognized Police Department in November 2011. He has established a solid reputation based on his decisive leadership, ability to plan strategically and improve productivity among staff members. He is currently serving as Chief Operating Officer for the foundation and helping to broaden our services throughout Harris County.
C.J. Connelly is the Volunteer Director of the Humane Investigation Project for the Anthony Graves Foundation. Mr. Connelly has worked in education for nearly 20 years as a teacher of at-risk students with learning disabilities and emotional issues, as well as a reading specialist, curriculum developer, and trainer. Before that, he worked for as a child support enforcement investigator. He has also volunteered his time investigating innocence claims for the Texas Innocence Network at the University of Houston Law School, researching issues related to the death penalty for the Texas Defenders Service, and is currently the sole investigator of an innocence case that prompted a local DA and police department to reinvestigate this inmate’s murder case. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with a minor in sociology, and has taken a variety of courses in criminal and defense investigation.
Anthony Graves Foundation Board of Directors
Professor David R. Dow, Esq
Professor Dow is the Rorschach Visiting Professor of History at Rice University and the Cullen Professor at the University of Houston Law Center, where he has taught since 1988. Professor Dow received his undergraduate degree from Rice, and his graduate and law degrees from Yale. He is the founder of the Texas Innocence Network. Often working with UH Law Center students, he has represented more than one hundred death row inmates in their state and federal appeals. In 2014, Dow formed JCAP, an organization geared towards helping at-risk children who have already been affected by the criminal justice system. Professor Dow has successfully connected his legal resources with the Houston community and is helping to change the lives of children who would otherwise be left to the system.
Coby DuBose, Author and Advocate for the Rights of the Homeless and Incarcerated
Mr. DuBose work has been featured in The Spartanburg Herald-Journal, The State, The Post and Courier, and Daily Kos, among other publications. After graduating from Clemson University in 2009, he attended the University of Houston Law Center. Coby has volunteered his time with the Texas Innocence Network, where he investigated claims of actual innocence, and with the Harris County Public Defender's Office, where he assisted in post-conviction appellate writing.