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Dan Keller released from prison after 21 years

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After spending 21 years in prison Dan Keller walked out of the Travis County Jail Thursday afternoon. He hugged his daughter, sister and now former wife, Fran.

In 1992, a jury convicted Keller and his wife for child abuse crimes with ties to satanic rituals. The two say they are innocent

"I kept saying I'm innocent, we're innocent, we didn't do anything but the jury does what they have to do," said Fran Keller.

She and her ex-husband have remained close over the years. They sent letters back and forth and also wrote attorneys asking them to pick up their case.

"The children didn't do anything, they didn't do anything and they can be swayed by adults. I'm not bitter to the parents. I'm just glad to be out," said Fran Keller.

"No. I forgave everybody. You aren't supposed to hate anyone but it's an experience I wouldn't wish on anyone," said Dan Keller.

In 1991, children at the home day care the Kellers ran accused the couple of sexual abuse and taking part in rituals with satanic ties. The Kellers release comes just months after the doctor who testified during the jury trial said he made a mistake. His mistake was in the examination of one of the children. In his original exam he said he found signs of sexual abuse.

"He thought he saw injuries that he later discovered weren't injuries at all and were totally normal," said Keith Hampton who represents the Kellers.

"In order for me to get them exonerated I have to prove their innocence," Hampton said. Without going into too much detail Hampton says he's optimistic and grows more confident each day that his clients will be cleared. The Travis County District Attorney's Office agrees the physical evidence against the couple is faulty.

"I've got to get this right. This is their last shot so realistically I'm thinking a couple of months," Hampton said about how soon the day they are working for could come.

Arm in arm both Fran and Dan Keller walked away from the jail.

"Different, but we still love each other and that's what matters," said Dan Keller about how his ex-wife has changed.

Hampton said Fran has learned how to use a cell phone and cried taking a bite of an apple. She's adjusting to life outside prison cell walls. Dan marveled at the modern vehicle he was riding away from the jail in.

"I asked the lord about 20 years ago. He works in his time not ours, this day came. I'm gunna go get that hamburger," and with that Dan Keller was off.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals will have the final say on the Keller's innocence.


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