LIES, MISCONDUCT, AND HIDDEN EVIDENCE

Twenty-five years ago, a woman was found bludgeoned to death in the home that she shared with her husband, and three-year-old son. Shortly after arriving at the scene, the police quickly announced that they had caught her killer.  The man accused by police of committing this atrocious crime had neither a criminal record nor any history of violence. Nevertheless, without any eyewitnesses placing him at the scene or any direct evidence connecting him to the crime, he was convicted and sentenced to spend the rest of his life in a Texas State prison. Unfortunately, this is not some far-fetched plot of a Hollywood movie. This a true story of a Hidden American Injustice.

In 1987, the State convicted Michael Morton of murdering his wife, Christine, - even though there were no eyewitnesses or direct evidence of any kind that connected him to the crime, and even though he was, by all accounts, a faithful and loving husband. To convict Morton,  State prosecutors fabricated that he, in a sudden rage, beat his wife and the mother of his only child to death in their own bed, simply because Christine was too tired to have sexual relations with him after they returned from celebrating his 32' birthday at a restaurant the previous evening. The State argued to jurors that Morton staged the crime scene to look like a robbery-murder, despite Morton’s noted arrival at work at 6 A.M. that very same morning.  

For the last twenty-five years, Morton has maintained that he had nothing to do with his wife's death, and that she must have been killed by an unknown intruder after he left for work early that morning. To that end, he and his longtime pro bono counsel have spent more than six years trying to obtain DNA testing - which the present District Attorney's objected - to prove the truth of his claim of factual innocence and further identify the true perpetrator of his wife's murder.

On June 30, 2011, the Orchid Celimark laboratory issued a DNA testing report revealing that Christine Morton's blood and hair were detected on a stained bandana recovered from an abandoned construction site over a hundred yards away from the scene of the crime, on the exact route that Morton’s trial counsel alleged the real perpetrator had most likely fled after committing the murder. Moreover, Celimark found that Christine Morton's blood and hair were commingled on the bandana with the DNA profile of a single, male individual who is not Michael Morton.

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