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Anderson inquiry ends, no decision from judge

The fate of Williamson County Judge Ken Anderson is in the hands of a Dallas area judge. Friday the Court of Inquiry wrapped with Anderson taking the stand.

He's accused of withholding evidence while serving as a prosecutor when Michael Morton was wrongfully convicted of his wife's murder.

The earliest we will know if Anderson will be indicted for a crime is seven weeks. Friday, Michael Morton told FOX 7 what he thought.

On Friday Judge Ken Anderson defended his actions in a case that sent an innocent Michael Morton to prison 25 years ago.

"I've apologized that the system screwed up. It obviously screwed up and I've beaten myself up on what could have been done differently and I frankly don't know," Anderson said.

Anderson is accused of withholding evidence-including a transcript of Morton's son telling his grandmother that a monster killed his mother--not Morton. Anderson testified that he would do things differently today.

"If I ever prosecuted another case, I would give everything. I would be looking for stuff to give," Anderson said.

Then he looked Morton in the eyes and said, "I don't know if I can say I feel your pain, but I have a pretty darn good idea how horrible what we've been through for 18 months has been with false accusations and everything else. And what happened to you is so much worse than that. I can't imagine what you're feeling. And you have been incredibly gracious in your attitude towards me."

"I honestly don't feel that he senses any responsibility in this," Morton said.

Morton called the trial "wrenching" and says he exercised a few moments of self-control while Anderson spoke.

"I think we saw someone who is still struggling with denial and anger and possibly a man who has been in his three decades in a position of power for the first time is having to answer for his actions and he's very uncomfortable with it," Morton said.

As he left he said he was glad this phase was over. And he has faith in the presiding judge.

"I'm going to trust him to do the right thing," Morton said.

The court reporter will send a transcript of the trial to both sides. Once they get it, each side has three weeks to submit a finding of fact--what they believe the evidence shows and make recommendations to the judge.

We aren't sure if the judge will call everyone back to the courthouse or make a decision. Anderson could be indicted for a crime. Contempt of court is one possible charge.

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