1 YEAR AGO ON SEPTEMBER 5TH!
One year ago, on a steamy September 5th, 2018, in Huntsville, TX Ed Ates was released from prison. Having served 20 years for a crime he did not commit, Ed was reunited with his family, including his son, who was in utero when he went in…so their reunion was the first time they had ever hugged.
Kim Miller Ates, Ed’s wife, said the past year has been an incredible blessing in so many ways.
“The fact that he is here with us – that he is actually home with his family is the most important thing”.
Kim says Ed is “thriving beautifully”. He wasted no time in getting a job and is working for the City of Dallas Water Department. "He just passed his Commercial Driver’s License test and will be able to be in line for a promotion."
“Ed loves being able to work and takes pride in providing for us,” Kim said, “he rushes home every day to be with his family; he can’t wait to walk in the door every day”.
Kyra, their daughter will be graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree from UT Arlington this December and son Zachary is employed in Cedar Hill. “His favorite thing is being able to go and play basketball with his Dad now," says Kim.
Having him around as a parent is important for their children Kim said, “He shows our daughter how a husband should properly treat their wife, and our son the same.”
Kim noted that there are other extra benefits of Ed being around now. “I used to have to call this person or that to fix whatever was going wrong with the house, but there’s nothing that Ed cannot fix – he is truly a jack of all trades”.
She looks forward to their first vacation, as Ed will have his monitor off within the next 30 days (as they haven’t been able to go outside of the Dallas area). “In October we’re hoping to go take a weekend trip – just the two of us – to Lake Travis in Austin for some peace and relaxation.”
Kim says this time together with her husband and their family back together is one that they waited years for. “None of it would be possible without Allison Clayton of IPTX. We are so grateful and appreciative and we know that she is still working so that he will be fully exonerated.”
North Texas Giving Day is 9.19.19 and we'd ask you to donate between 9.9 (Monday) and 9.19 to Innocence Project of Texas. IPTX will be receiving matching funds from the Riseman Foundation for this event so please support our work to exonerate wrongly convicted people like Ed Ates. You do not need to live in North Texas to give on that day.