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Dan Keller released from prison, reunited with wife after 21 years

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After more than two decades apart, Dan Keller embraced his wife Thursday outside the Travis County Jail. Keller, 72, and his wife, Fran Keller, 63, spent 21 years behind bars after they were convicted of ritual child abuse.

A jury convicted the Kellers in 1992 for sexually abusing children at a pre-school they operated in Oak Hill. Therapists said they helped children recover memories of Satanic rituals and abuse. Both sentenced to 48 years.

"There was this idea that there were conspiracies of Satanists that were sort of hiding in day care centers, adults who were molesting kids in order to brainwash them," Debbie Nathan with the Center for Reason and Justice said.

In January of this year Fran Keller submitted to a Travis County district court an affidavit from Dr. Michael Mouw, recanting his testimony against her during her 1992 trial. At that time he told the jury certain lacerations on one of the alleged victims indicated abuse. It was the only physical evidence in the case.

During a hearing this past August, Dr. Mouw told Judge Wilford Flowers that he no longer agreed with his original testimony and could have exaggerated to the jury.

"People make mistakes. They make mistakes, honest mistakes," Dan Keller said.

But the Kellers’ ordeal isn't over. The Court of Criminal Appeals is expected to send the case back to Travis County prosecutors who will decide if a new trial will be held.

"What lies ahead is my pursuit of their exoneration,” Keller’s attorney Keith Hampton said. “They deserve to be exonerated because they're innocent. There was no crime in this case."

Until then, they'll enjoy the sweet taste of freedom.

"Right now, I'm going to go try to eat a big old hamburger,” Keller said.

Watch Fran and Dan Keller leave Travis County Jail in the video below.

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Watch Fran Keller address the media before her husband's release in the video below.

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