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Morton speaks about Norwood trial

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Testimony continued today in the Mark Norwood murder trial. He's the man accused of killing Christine Morton in 1986. Her husband, Michael Morton, was wrongfully convicted of the crime. Wednesday, Morton spoke about the importance of this trial.

Since Michael Morton is a witness in this trial he's limited on what he can say, but he did take a few minutes to speak about this trial finally taking place after so many years. 

A day after he took the stand in the capital murder trial for the man accused of killing his wife, Michael Morton speaks about the significance of this trial.

"This is really important to me and what's going on is important for everybody in the long run," said Morton.

Twenty-six years after he was wrongfully convicted, Morton talked about having to be in the same room as the now accused killer, Mark Norwood, for the first time.

"He doesn't make eye contact so it's not personal yet, I'm still working through that," Morton said.

Wednesday's testimony largely focused on the bloody bandana found not far from the Morton home by Christine Morton's brother the day after her murder. It's that bandana that linked Norwood to the crime in 2011. Without it, Morton may still be behind bars.

"One of the lawyers for the Innocence Project had talked to me about all the crazy things that have gone on and how one seemingly insignificant act can be so consequential," said Morton.

Norwood has pleaded not guilty to the murder. His defense attorneys are out to prove that evidence in the case may have been contaminated.

Morton says he's confident in the state's case.

"Everybody deserves a fair trial, even Norwood, even me, you, everybody does and so I truly hope justice is served here," Morton said.

We also heard from Christine Morton's brother, John Kirkpatrick, who found the bandana behind the Morton home and said he went out looking for potential evidence because he was frustrated with the investigation.

The trial continues Thursday morning and is expected to wrap up by next week.

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