Today a Texas court issued an order finding that Michael Morton’s 1987 conviction for murder of his wife should be overturned based on new DNA evidence of actual innocence. The order was entered after Williamson County District Attorney John Bradley agreed with Morton’s lawyers that new DNA evidence strongly points to a third party intruder whose DNA was also recently found at the scene of a murder in adjacent Travis County and is presently under investigation for both crimes. Morton (above, center, with his parents on a prison visit), served nearly 25 years in prison for the wrongful conviction, and is expected to appear at Williamson County Court House on Tuesday, October 4 at 3 p.m. CT and will be released at that time.
We’ll post updates here as we have them.
Download the papers filed today in Morton’s case below:
Agreed Proposed Findings of Fact & Conclusions of Law
Memorandum of Law in Support of Application for a Writ of Habeas Corpus
Application for a Writ of Habeas Corpus Seeking Relief from Final Felony Conviction