Admitted arson murderer Ed Graf's defense team succeeded in creating a reasonable doubt in the minds of two jurors who refused to convict him for capital murder for setting the 1986 gasoline blaze that killed his two step sons Jason, 8, and Joby, 9, in a storage shed in order to receive a $100,000 life insurance benefit.
The panel deadlocked on the question 10 to 2 on the first vote, according to published reportsd, and remained so throughout their deliberations.
Graf's fortunes changed dramatically when the boys' mother testified on cross examination as to the family's financial affairs when he bought the double indemnity life insurance policy on the children.
State 54th District Court Judge Matt Johnson reversed his pre-trial ruling and allowed damning testimony about Graf's $75,000 embezzlement of Community State Bank on the record.
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