‘San An­to­nio 4’ are in­no­cent, Texas’ high­est court rules

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DAL­LAS — Texas’ high­est crim­i­nal court on Wed­nes­day ex­on­er­ated four San An­to­nio women who spent almost 15 years in prison af­ter be­ing wrong­fully con­victed of sex­u­ally as­sault­ing two girls.

The Texas Court of Crim­i­nal Ap­peals ruled that the so-called “San An­to­nio 4” — El­iz­a­beth Ramirez, Kristie May­hugh, Cas­san­dra Rivera and Anna Vasquez — were in­no­cent. The de­ci­sion will al­low the crim­i­nal records of all four women to be expunged.

The women were con­victed in 1998, af­ter two of Ramirez’s nieces, ages 7 and 9, ac­cused them of hold­ing them by the wrists and an­kles, sex­u­ally as­sault­ing and threat­en­ing to kill them in 1994. One niece later re­canted, say­ing an­other fam­ily mem­ber threat­ened her into mak­ing the state­ments.

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