- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 2, 2016

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The state’s highest criminal court has thrown out the 1993 murder conviction of a woman previously imprisoned for the West Texas arson death of her uncle.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in its opinion Wednesday agreed with 68-year-old Sonia Cacy that she did not commit the offense at the home she shared with her uncle in Fort Stockton.

State authorities had originally testified that gasoline was poured on her uncle, leading to his death. But a state panel later discredited the fire investigation, saying it should not have been ruled an arson.

Her attorney, Gary Udashen with the Innocence Project of Texas, says Cacy was given 99 years in prison, but paroled in 1998, after just five years.

Wednesday’s ruling allows Cacy to pursue state compensation for wrongful imprisonment.

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