After serving nearly 25 years for a murder he did not commit, Michael Morton spent his first night of freedom celebrating with family, friends and the legal team that won his release. For his first meal as a free man, he ordered okra and grilled trout.
Morton was released from a Texas prison Tuesday after his 1987 conviction was overturned because of new DNA evidence pointing to another man. Watch video footage below from yesterday’s hearing, press conference and celebration. And after the jump, view selected media coverage of Morton’s release.
Selected media coverage of Michael Morton’s exoneration:
Los Angeles Times:
TX Man Convicted of Wife’s Murder Freed after 25 Years
Washington Post (via AP):
DNA Evidence Frees TX Man Wrongfully Imprisoned for Nearly 25 Years for Wife’s ’86 Slaying
The Texas Tribune:
DNA Evidence Leads to Morton’s Release after 25 Years
Austin American Statesman:
Morton Walks Out of Court a Free Man