A former Williamson County DA is accused of hiding key pieces of evidence while trying Michael Morton for his wife's murder in 1987. Morton spent 25 years in prison before being cleared of the crime.
A court of inquiry is underway to determine if now State District Judge Ken Anderson is guilty of breaking the law back then. This rare legal proceeding is looking into Ken Anderson's conduct during that trial. Think of it like a grand jury checking to see if there's enough evidence to proceed. If it does, Anderson could very well face his own criminal trial.
Michael Morton was once again inside a Williamson County courtroom, facing Ken Anderson. Only this time, Anderson is not the DA. Instead, a judge is listening to testimony to see if Anderson broke the law and hid evidence in Morton's 1987 murder trial.
He was cleared of murdering his wife in 2011 after serving 25 years. The now 58-year-old talked about the day his wife, Christine, was murdered.
We also saw the transcript of a conversation between his 3-year-old son, Eric, and Christine's mother. This is the conversation where the 3-year-old talks about a big monster with a moustache hurting mommy...that the monster broke the bed....and that he saw a man in the shower with a blue purple shirt.
We also learned Morton had no idea about this conversation or that a transcript of the conversation existed in the district attorney's file. This is just one of the pieces of evidence Morton and his attorneys claim could have proved his innocence.
"We've presented everything were making disclosures as being requested of is. Everybody will be looking at the evidence we've been living with for a long time," said Barry Scheck, co-founder of the Innocence Project, who has helped Morton on his appeals.
State Senator Rodney Ellis says he is very interested in this court of inquiry.
"I think the facts speak for themselves," he said.
During cross examination, we learned Christine Morton's purse was not stolen after her murder.
So her credit card wasn't used in San Antonio store as previously reported. It was also revealed that Morton himself cashed his wife's check several days after her murder.
When asked what should happen to Anderson...Morton had this to say.
"But I ask that you do what needs to be done but at the same time, be gentle to Judge Anderson," Morton said.
This is typical Michael Morton....he has said all along that he isn't bitter, despite spending 25 years in prison, despite losing his life, especially with his son.
This proceeding is expected to last several days. At the end of this, the judge can decide if Anderson will face any criminal charges.