News 08.17.11

New DNA Evidence Points Toward Texas Prisoner’s Innocence

New DNA testing of crime scene evidence from a 1986 murder provides powerful new proof that a Texas prisoner was wrongfully convicted. Michael Morton, who has served 25 years in prison for the murder of his wife, has always maintained his innocence and spent the last six years fighting for DNA testing over the District Attorney’s objections. Morton is pictured above, center, with his parents during a 2010 visit.

Post-conviction DNA testing has identified a convicted offender in the national DNA databank as the man whose DNA is mixed with the blood and hair of the murder victim on a bloody bandana recovered near the crime scene.

In light of the new evidence, the Innocence Project filed legal documents today asking the trial judge to appoint a new prosecutor in the case because District Attorney John Bradley’s bias against Michael Morton and the Innocence Project and past history on the case prevents Bradley from conducting an impartial review of the new DNA evidence and pursuing the actual assailant.


Read today’s press release

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Read the motion that was filed today before District Court Judge Billy Ray Stubblefield

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Read more about Morton’s case

from the Austin-American Statesman

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