Judge finds ex-day care own­ers in­no­cent of sa­tanic abuse

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AUSTIN | 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.

The Kellers di­vorced while they were 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 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.

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