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Fate of 'San Antonio Four' in hands of a judge

A two-day hearing wrapped up Thursday morning that could ultimately determine if the sexual assault convictions of four San Antonio women are overturned
Members of the 'San Antonio Four' following Thursday's hearing in 175th District Court

SAN ANTONIO -- A two-day hearing wrapped up Thursday morning that could ultimately determine if the sexual assault convictions of four San Antonio women are overturned.

Visiting Judge Pat Priest said he will forward a recommendation on whether to overturn the conviction to the Court of Criminal Appeals.

The women: Kristie Mayhugh, Cassandra Rivera, Anna Vasquez and Elizabeth Ramirez are now commonly called the 'San Antonio Four'.

Priest could recommend three of the women, who are currently free on bond, be returned to prison or recommend the state exonerate the group.

"Prison was a traumatic time in my life. I spent twelve and a half years in there. Those are years we'll never get back," said Anna Vasquez.

Vasquez fought back tears Wednesday while testifying about having to register as a sex offender when she was released from prison in 2012.

"Its very important for us to get exonerated and put our good name out. Give us a chance. That's what we're fighting for. That's what's so important for us," added Vasquez.

The women, who were convicted in the late 1990's of sexually assaulting two young girls in 1994, maintain the assaults never happened.

One of their accusers, now an adult, recanted her testimony this week.

Additionally, a leading pediatrician who presented scientific evidence used to convict the women testified via affidavit that information is no longer credible.

"Lets face it. Its obvious. These women are innocent," said 'San Antonio Four' attorney Michael L. Ware.

Vasquez said she's hopeful the group can finally clear its name, but realizes its not their decision to make.

"Its another waiting game," said Vasquez.