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Innocence Project of Texas working on Sandra Melgar’s case

“The state’s complete concept appeared to defy the legal guidelines of gravity, a lot much less the legal guidelines of logic and customary sense,” mentioned Mike Ware with the Innocence Project of Texas.

HOUSTON — The Innocence Project of Texas is selecting up the case of a Houston lady convicted of killing her husband. Sandra Melgar was sentenced to 27 years in jail in 2017 for the homicide of her husband, Jaime Melgar.

“We have a renewed hope,” Elizabeth “Lizz” Melgar, the couple’s solely youngster instructed KHOU 11. “We feel really good about where things are going.”

Since it was based in 2006, the Innocence Project of Texas has helped free or exonerate 27 women and men.

“The state’s complete concept appeared to defy the legal guidelines of gravity, a lot much less the legal guidelines of logic and customary sense,” said Mike Ware, executive director at the Innocence Project of Texas. “That by some means, she pulled this horrible, brutal homicide off after which staged the scene because it was, amongst different issues after which by some means finished all this, going into all the main points with out having blood in any respect on her, with none signal on her she had performed a clean-up.”

In a 2018 prison interview, Sandra Melgar instructed us she is harmless.

“No, I didn’t kill my husband, no,” she instructed KHOU 11.

The homicide occurred in 2012 contained in the Melgar’s northwest Harris County dwelling. Sandra instructed us it was a house invasion. Her husband was discovered stabbed to dying in a closet and he or she was present in one other closet tied up.

From the start, investigators attacked her story as a result of she couldn’t keep in mind what occurred. Sandra instructed them she had a historical past of seizures. Prosecutors argued the homicide weapon, a knife was discovered inside the house and there have been no indicators of compelled entry.

A jury discovered her responsible, however there was by no means a motive. Sandra’s protection crew argued there was no bodily proof linking her to the crime.

“She looks like a beautiful individual and completely at a loss as to how all this might occur and ended up the place she is immediately,” mentioned Ware.

Now, the work begins dissecting the case and searching for new proof that wasn’t offered at trial.

“I imagine when somebody is factually harmless, fully factually harmless, ultimately, there’s a approach to show it,” mentioned Ware.

The Innocence Project of Texas’ work on the case may take years, however they’ve already began meeting with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office to take a look at the case file.

“We are going to keep on fighting until there is no more fight left,” mentioned Lizz Melgar.

In 2018, KHOU 11’s Grace White sat down with Sandra for an interview. Click here to observe that full story.

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