AUSTIN, Texas – 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.