But if anyone has the patience and strength to wait it out a bit longer, it's Kelley. It gave me a little bit more hope. Chris Dailey resigned Thursday, a day after city officials sent a complaint to the Williamson County district attorney saying that a new documentary on the Greg Kelley … We found 12 records for Greg Kelley in Silsbee, Levelland and 10 other cities in Texas. Every Wednesday morning for nearly two years, Greg Kelley had a ritual. I've done everything I possibly can to show you that I didn't do this.". On August 12, 2014, after Greg Kelley's conviction, I posted Cedar Park Police Chief Sean Mannix's internal department staff email regarding the Greg Kelley case with the chief's permission. Jail, Reopening of Greg Kelley Sex Assault Case Prompts Rally, Williamson County Reopens 2014 Child Molestation Case, California Consumer Do Not Sell My Personal Information. "Picked up my long overdue high school diploma yesterday at Leander High School," he wrote on Instagram. Kelley maintained his innocence and pushed for a new trial. Keith Hampton had alleged in Kelley's appeal that the accused's trial lawyer, Patricia Cummings, had not adequately defended him, namely by refusing to take a harder look at McCarty as a possible suspect due to a conflict of interest, having represented members of the McCarty family some years prior. © 2021 E! 39.6k Followers, 1,346 Following, 142 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Greg Kelley (@grkelley2) According to the lawsuit filed in May and obtained by the Austin American-Statesman, Kelley alleges that Dailey did not verify Kelley's location the day of the assault, did not investigate other suspects, falsified information about when the assault happened and deleted emails about the case. ", Kelley also said that day, "I was given my freedom and I'm happy with it." Make no mistake, I have heard the criticisms surrounding this case and taken actions to address them. Our department will continue to work closely with our law enforcement partners and the District Attorney’s Office in keeping our community safe.". Judge recommends Greg Kelley's sex assault conviction be overturned, Greg Kelley released from Williamson Co. jail on bond, Checking in with Greg Kelly post-bond release, Greg Kelley, supporters voice frustrations to Cedar Park City Council, Texas Ranger affidavit in conflict with Greg Kelley's statements, Calls for leadership change emerge after Greg Kelley hearing, Lawyers for Greg Kelley expected to present alternative molestation suspect in new hearing, Greg Kelley's hearing focuses on alibi, original investigation, Court hearing rescheduled for 'person of interest' in Greg Kelley case, Greg Kelley Arrives at Williamson Co. Kelley has since received a wrongful-conviction settlement from the state of Texas, and is suing the police department that targeted him from the beginning and … I didn't expect any of that. A few minutes before 9 a.m., he’d sit down at his kitchen table with a cup of coffee and his cellphone. "Being labeled a pedophile is worse than murder," Kelley explained. "When you're in there as a pedophile you're already the scum of the earth." In early November, when the appellate court agreed Kelley's conviction should be overturned, Hampton told reporters that prosecuting someone else for the crime would be a tricky case no matter what. He's surprised he was never stabbed, he said, but not a day went by where he didn't have to defend himself. Greg Kelley currently resides in the Cedar Park area with his wife Gaebri, where he attends the University of Texas and runs his own small business. In 2013, with four scholarship offers on the table, a steady girlfriend and the future looking bright, the 17-year-old was accused of molesting a 4-year-old boy. In 2014, Greg Kelley was convicted of aggravated sexual assault against a child and sentenced to 25 years in prison. It's testimony, so how does a prosecutor overcome that? I hit the jackpot. We had to fall in love with each other's hearts through these letters.". However, one DA in Texas did just that to explain in detail how his predecessor botched a child sex abuse prosecution and sent an innocent teen to jail. "You had no idea who I was after my conviction," Kelley said in court on the day of his exoneration. Our new Spectrum News app is the most convenient way to get the stories that matter to you. "Still to this day, it doesn't get easier," Kelley told E! ", He calls his wife, Gaebri Anderson, "totally unreal," adding, "I don't think there's a woman out there that can compare to the amount of heart and faith she has…I would be a damn fool to ever try to let that go. There was no way he was going to get convicted on the evidence they didn't have. He was not only an amazing football player but also got good grades, had plans to attend university, a loving family, and a devoted girlfriend. Select the best result to find their address, phone number, relatives, and public records. WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — On Wednesday, Greg Kelley left the 26th District Court an innocent man. His new attorney, Keith Hampton, filed multiple motions, alleging that the police investigation was shoddy and that Kelley wasn't properly represented at trial. RELATED STORY | Greg Kelley released from Williamson Co. jail on bond. We wanted to make sure that this guy did not want to come right next door to y'all's town, because I know you guys love your town just like we love ours, and do this to somebody else. Greg Kelley was accused of assaulting a young boy at an in-home daycare in 2014 and was convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a child and sentenced to 25 years in prison. After serving three years of his prison sentence, District Judge Donna King released Kelley on bond in 2017 due to the questions about his guilt. "Those guys taught me so much about getting through and persevering through such a place full of hatred and violence, and racists. It was definitely hard. Between Kelley, his family and his fiancée, the tears were flowing. All rights reserved. It’s a responsibility and privilege I take very seriously. News. He was convicted in 2014 of super-aggravated assault on a child and sentenced to 25 years in prison. Furthermore, the filing also alleged, Cummings had previously represented this third suspect in another matter and therefore refrained from investigating that person as well. His full compensation is said to be about $250,000. [E]ven though I didn't technically have a senior year as a normal high school student, the past is the past and the future is limitless. (In an unrelated case, Johnathan was sentenced to four years in prison last year after pleading guilty to unlawful restraint and drug charges. Search warrants obtained by KVUE's and the Austin American-Statesman's Tony Plohetski said that during the investigation, Texas Rangers reviewed electronics in Kelley… All the while, he insisted he was innocent. ", He added, "The heartache and division it has created in our town is something that should never happen.". Kelley asked his future father-in-law for his daughter's hand in marriage while he was still locked up—but he didn't propose until after he was out. Earning money proved tough while he was still a convicted felon, so he saved up for a ring doing yard work and other odd jobs. McCarty's family had taken Kelley in when Greg's own parents' health problems made it tough for them to take care of him. Greg Kelley, who was imprisoned for three years due to a wrongful conviction, may include a chapter about the Texas Longhorns in his comeback story. Separate from his own civil suit, Kelley is also eligible to receive as much as $250,000 through the state's Wrongful Incarceration Act, according to his attorney. In a tersely-worded two-page decision, the Court of Criminal Appeals said, “Applicant (Kelley) alleges, among other things, that he is actually innocent of committing the offense in this case. I myself was losing hope, but all these people started believing in me and they started to say, 'Hey, Greg, we're here for you man, we love you, we're gonna get you through this.' Showtime's Outcry Unravels the Greg Kelley Case Everyone thinks they know what happened to the wrongly-accused Leander highschooler, but Pat Kondelis needed to … Both just 17 at the time, the trial made them grow up fast. "But you called my broken mother and promised her you would do everything you could to fight for me.". It's crazy! Over six years ago, Greg Kelley, an 18-year-old at the time, was wrongfully convicted of sexual assault and sentenced to 25 years in prison. Unfortunately, we were unable to get to the ultimate answer of what happened to the child. ", Shawn Dick told reporters a few weeks later, "We were able at least to get to the truth of whether or not Greg Kelley should have been convicted and whether or not the trial was held appropriately. "It was an honor being able to be given this as I shook the hand of the current principal and was given a tour of a school where I once created wonderful memories. 's Just the Sip, available wherever you get your podcasts, Binge These True Crime Shows and Documentaries, Why Alonzo Brooks' Death Needed Further Investigation—and Not Just From. The legal team also filed documents naming an alternate suspect, Johnathan McCarty. Kelley’s attorney said after this (wrongful conviction), he would pursue the compensation due to Kelley under the Wrongful Incarceration Act. Meanwhile, Kelley has been moving on with his life post-exoneration. Chief Mannix retired from the Cedar Park force in February and was due to assume that role in the much smaller city of Burnet, about 36 miles away, but KXAN reported on July 13 that he would no longer be taking the job. Kelley said that of course children should have fierce advocates and they are generally doing important work. Greg Kelley, the man who was wrongfully convicted of child sexual assault in 2014, is suing the city of Cedar Park, former Police Chief Sean Mannix and Christopher Dailey, the … Greg Kelley, a Texas high school football star, was arrested, charged and sentenced for sexually assaulting a 4-year-old boy in 2013. They tied the knot in Austin this past January. And "I want this kid to feel like he's been delivered justice. A presumption of innocence until proven guilty may be the law, but that's not often the way people think. We got to premiere this documentary months before it came out and, sitting there with my family, reliving six years of heartache in a documentary that's about five hours—I mean, there's no words to explain it.". "I want to give back," he said. Greg and Gaebri Kelley were like a “Friday Night Lights” storyline come to life. Texas Ranger Cody Mitchell, tasked with leading the new investigation in 2017, testified that August that he had determined that the Cedar Park Police had botched the original investigation. ", Catch Justin Sylvester's interview with Greg Kelley on the Aug. 19 episode of E! But he's also busy simply enjoying his freedom. District Judge Donna King recommended in December 2017 that Kelley's conviction be overturned, writing in her decision that the state wouldn't have been able to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt if certain evidence that had come to light since had been presented at trial. After that, Kelley had to wait and see what the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals would say. Having previously maintained that he conducted a thorough investigation in the Kelley case, Dailey had yet to comment. She continued, "I had no doubt in my mind. The Greg Kelley case covered in the Showtime docuseries Outcry was, well, worthy of an outcry. Court documents filed by Hampton in December 2018 stated that they also had a third suspect, whose name was not made public, who had a prior arrest on a charge of indecency with a child and had also lived in the home where the abuse allegedly took place. "The physical was taken away from us," Gaebri, a cheerleader in high school who now teaches at a dance studio near Cedar Park, told the Post. "Imagine not being able to kiss or hug the person you love. Kelley’s attorneys argued that the investigation by the Cedar Park Police Department was deficient and Kelley’s trial attorney had a conflict of interest because she had represented relatives of other possible suspects. We weren't really scared going into the trial. ", But though Kelley is committed to holding the parties he feels are responsible for damaging his life—"financially, emotionally, mentally, physically"—accountable, he told E! Just last week he showed off the high school diploma he finally had a chance to go and get in person. In May 2017, newly elected Williamson County District Attorney Shawn Dick agreed to reopen the investigation, and that August, Kelley was released on a $50,000 bond. His name wasn't cleared yet, but the young man was feeling hopeful. But even in the middle of the nightmare, he found bright spots. Greg Kelley has hopes and dreams, like a lot of people. But a few years later he was … It all started six years ago when Kelley was accused of sexually assaulting a 4-year-old boy in an in-home daycare operated by Kelley’s family. ", And when he was convicted, Kelley recalled, "a groundswell of support from above started coming up and people started having my back. ", Strangers really did come out of the woodwork. I recognize this case has been difficult for all involved and has impacted multiple families and our community. WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas — Texas’s Court of Criminal Appeals has overturned Leander resident Greg Kelley's conviction for the sexual assault of a child. News. Greg Kelley speaks out about exoneration. But while that was the outcome Kelley had been praying for, his life hasn't simply snapped back to normal. A girl had accused him of drugging and assaulting her at a frat party in 2015, when she was 15 and he was 18.). "Greg has been training with the NFL athletes and waiting for the opportunity to play for UT," Gaebri tweeted on Thursday. "Me and my family, that nightmare that we went through, is something I don't wish on my worst enemy. He made friends on the inside whom he keeps in touch with daily, and he said he intends to start a prison ministry to help people serious about turning their life around. Not long after his release, Kelley was accepted to the University of Texas, where he is studying for a major in Kinesiology . Give me a shot.' Kelley participated in a walk-on tryout for his school's football team in the spring, Texas Athletics officials told KVUE. A former Cedar Park resident named Jake Brydon helped pay for his defense through the appeals process. But, he added, "I want justice." We actually had a trip planned for the next day.". Kelley wrote her letters with drawings of hearts all over them from prison. They both may have had too much confidence in the system, but at least in the end, her faith and trust in Greg was not misplaced. I knew what kind of person he was. RELATED STORY | Judge recommends Greg Kelley's sex assault conviction be overturned. "Worse than murder" when you're in prison, Kelley said in an interview last month with E! "It breaks my family's heart because I don't deserve that, they don't deserve that. Cedar Park Police Chief Sean Mannix released the following statement on Wednesday: "I respect today’s ruling by the Court of Criminal Appeals granting Greg Kelley’s application for relief. Michael Morton, Greg Kelley (Texas Attorney General's Office/ Showtime) A new Showtime docuseries delves into the wrongful conviction of Texas high school football star Greg Kelley, who was accused of sexually abusing two children at an in-home daycare. Greg Kelley, whose story is told in the docu-series Outcry, is enjoying freedom and seeking justice after his world was shattered by an accusation of child sex abuse and a flawed investigation. WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas — Texas’s Court of Criminal Appeals has overturned Leander resident Greg Kelley's conviction for the sexual assault of a child. Kelley had publicly expressed his hope that Dailey and Mannix would be fired, telling reporters outside Burnet City Hall, "The reason why we wanted this to happen guys is because it's not about me, it's about the next person. AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Athletics officials confirmed to KVUE July 10 that Greg Kelley had participated in a walk-on tryout for the football team this spring. This email is a matter of public record. "This particular child said Greg," he acknowledged. I had friends since I was a baby who were saying, 'I can't believe you are sticking by him. "But," he added, "it turned into about six or seven of them... turning it more into a hatred towards me. I want to reassure our citizens that the department remains steadfast in our commitment to ensure community safety and public trust. Christopher Dailey, who was the lead investigator on his case. The former high school football star, whose story was just told in the Showtime documentary series Outcry, spent three years in prison for a crime he didn't commit and, even after his release in 2017, he was only formally exonerated this past November. Greg Kelley in Texas. After three years in prison for … Kelley claims insufficient investigation by CPPD; He was released on bond in 2017; An attorney for Cummings told the American-Statesman that she didn't have any evidence against this third person when she was on the case, but "it is significant that they are now saying that he is the one who did this. Dailey resigned in July, according to Spectrum News, and the city sent a letter to the district attorney's office requesting an investigation into the now-former police sergeant's conduct. No one has been charged in the case since Kelley was cleared. Shama McCarty, Johnathan's mother, ran an in-home daycare, the scene of the alleged sexual assault. Cedar Park police Sgt. We all agree that if [this person] committed the offense, then Greg's conviction should certainly be reversed."Â. Kelley is a devout Christian and uses his social media platform, where he is pretty active, to discuss his faith. According to Hampton, compensation would include free tuition to any college in Texas, payment of about $80,000 a year, and a “small” annuity. They're holding off on having kids though, Anderson said, so that her husband can focus on school. On November 6, 2019, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals granted the writ and vacated Kelley’s convictions. Entertainment Television, LLC A Division of NBCUniversal. "Football is a love of mine, something that I feel like has been given to me to love and to cherish and to experience," he told E! While sources said Kelley was impressive (he ran a 4.6 in the 40), Texas wasn’t taking any walk-ons at the time, because the roster was maxed out, sources said. As Justice Newell’s concurring opinion indicates, this relief was based on new evidence post-conviction, and not on the grounds of deprivation of due process or ineffective assistance of counsel. The handsome young Texas football star seemingly had a successful life ahead of him. Almost two years later, the appeals court agreed, sent their decision back to the district court to formally dismiss the indictment, and King declared an emotional Kelley "formally exonerated.". She maintained in 2017 that the defense she went with—arguing that no abuse had occurred—was her best available option at the time based on the evidence. ", As of now, the Big 12 hasn't canceled football season due to COVID-19, unlike some of the other major college football conferences.Â. CEDAR PARK, Texas — Nov. 14 was an emotional night at the Cedar Park City Council’s specially called meeting to discuss the case and investigation into Greg Kelley. Saying things they can't and they won't take back and, still to this day, I continue to get persecuted, and it breaks my heart. Your source for entertainment news, celebrities, celeb news, and ​celebrity gossip. In 2014, Kelley, a former Leander High School football player, was convicted and sentenced to 25 years in prison. I'm still waiting for that decision from Texas, to see if I'm going to be a walk-on this fall—if we have a fall season. Download it here. "And he's never said anything but Greg and he said it under oath. Check out the hottest fashion, photos, movies and TV shows! As he works on putting his world back together, buoyed by his faith and all the love in his life (including from his now-wife Gaebri Anderson, the high school girlfriend who stuck by him throughout his ordeal), he's also suing the city of Cedar Park, former Police Chief Sean Mannix and Sgt. On Wednesday, the state’s highest criminal court overturned Kelley’s conviction. Not long after his release, he was accepted to the University of Texas at Austin, and in January 2020, he married his childhood sweetheart, Gaebri Anderson. Outcry introduces us to a familiar world — that of suburban Texas, where high school football is treated like a religion. News. "So I want to explore that, I want to be given an opportunity to go and show these coaches like, 'Hey, I can continue to play, I've got tons of heart. News, "hate is a virus and I have to realign myself with what my purpose needs to be, every time I wake up. He was unable to definitively conclude who the perpetrator was, but he had three suspects: Kelley, Johnathan McCarty and an unnamed third person. Kelley started playing varsity football at Leander High School in Texas—where high school football on Friday rivals church on Sunday as a religious practice—when he was a sophomore. It really does. The suit contends that Dailey was told Kelley hadn't lived at the McCarty home since June 2013 but changed the date to make it look as if he was still there on the July date the assault was alleged to have occurred. (Sure, that’s a cliché, but it’s a phrase we hear almost verbatim near the start of the documentary.) ' From the first day in my heart, I knew he didn't do this." The crime? And once he was convicted, those who had assumed he was guilty figured they were merely being proved right. Kelley was accepted at the University of Texas and, after getting a walk-on tryout this spring, hopes to play for the Longhorns. Early on, as soon as his name was out there, the case was taken up in the court of public opinion by child welfare activists—and the Internet took it from there. Every Wednesday morning, Greg Kelley would wake up and check a list from the Court of Criminal Appeals to see if his case is on it. Still, none of that changes that he spent almost seven years, including three behind bars, with a cloud of guilt hanging over his head. ", Anderson, 24, told the New York Post last month, "It was crazy.