For the past 13 years, retired San Antonio Police Officer Frank Navarijo, 73, has sat in prison — serving a 20-year sentence after being convicted of repeatedly raping a 5-year-old female relative.
Friday, his accuser recanted. For now, Navarijo remains in Bexar County Jail.
The now 20-year-old Texas State University student's outcry and subsequent testimony during the 1999 trial were lies fed to her by her manipulative grandmother, the woman testified Friday as Navarijo's attorneys asked state District Judge Maria Teresa Herr to recommend that the jury verdict be overturned.
Herr is not expected to issue a recommendation for months to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, which will ultimately decide the matter.
“I just wanted to set the record straight,” the woman said. “For whatever reasons, which I do not know, she (the grandmother) hated (Navarijo). She did have a fair amount of control over me.
“From what I remember, she ... would basically sit there and tell me, ‘This is what (Navarijo) did to you,'” the woman continued. “It happened gradually, over time as I grew up.”