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A Fort Stockton Woman Fights For Exoneration

After being convicted of murder more than two decades ago, a Fort Stockton woman fights for exoneration.
FORT STOCKTON, TX (Local Big 2 News) -- After being convicted of murder more than two decades ago, a Fort Stockton woman fights for exoneration. Some say this hearing could do more than clear her name. The case is attracting state-wide attention, as fire-science experts question some of the evidence used to find her guilty.

It's been 21 years since Sonia Cacy of Fort Stockton was convicted of murdering her uncle. But hope may lay ahead, as the Innocence Project of Texas looks to overturn her conviction.

"I would love it and it's going to take a while, but we'll see what happens," said Cacy.

"It should be obvious to everybody by now that she is absolutely without a question innocent of this case," said President of The Innocence of Texas Project Gary Udashen.

But it's not obvious to everyone. The prosecution presented its case in the courtroom Tuesday trying to stop the conviction from being overturned.

"I'm going to make it one way or another," said Cacy.

Gary Udashen, the President of the Innocence Project tells me Cacy's case is special, especially since her uncle meant the world to her.

"One of the people that was the closest to her in the world," said Udashen.

Cacy was convicted of pouring gasoline on him and setting him on fire, but new scientific evidence says there was no gasoline on the clothing.

Udashen told me he blames unsavory lab results.

"Bad lab testing that claimed that there was gasoline on her clothing when there wasn't," said Udashen.

It could be several months before a decision is made.

In the meantime, Cacy stays positive and tells me she believes her chances look good.

"You just stay upbeat, you just wake up every morning and be glad you're alive and thank god you're here," said Cacy.

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