Wrongfully convicted for the murder of his wife, Michael Morton would spend 25 I lost my liberty, all my assets, most of my friends, and worst of all, I lost my son. He sat with his pregnant wife at his side, and saw his father, Michael Morton, as an innocent man for the first time. Six months after losing his mother, Eric lost his father, too, when a Williamson County jury convicted Mr. Morton of murder and sent him to prison for life. In , Michael Morton's wife, Christine, was murdered in their home from prison, how he's re-established a relationship with his son and.
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Despite no criminal record whatsoever, I was indicted. The media castigated me on TV, in the newspapers, and on the radio.
Neighbors turned their backs. Besides my family, only a tiny cadre of supporters remained loyal. Then came the life sentence. I lost my liberty, all my assets, most of my friends, and worst of all, I lost my son.
He believed I murdered his mother. A maximum security prison in Texas is, by definition, hard time. It can make anyone bitter, hard, and mean. I plotted against the people I felt were responsible for my plight.
I thought I had ample reason. Fourteen years into my sentence, I had an epiphany. I call it that because no other label makes sense, or fits, or feels appropriate.
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So, I cried out to God. But I was getting used to that. Then, one night — one average, unremarkable, and altogether predictable night — I got my answer. In the middle of my routine and without any warning, a beautiful, golden, supernatural light filled my cell. It roared in my ears. And it seemed to lift me off my bunk, as if on a cloud. I was excited yet calm, euphoric yet at peace.
It was pure bliss. Above and beyond all that ecstatic joy, I sensed the phenomenal, unlimited, and very focused love of God; not for humanity, not for the world, but for me. I knew, without having to ask, that I was in the presence of God. And more than anything else, it was self-evident. No words can describe it. No analogy comes close, no metaphor, no simile, nothing. Any words I might choose would be feeble, incapable of expressing His scope, His majesty, or His boundless love.
But words are all I have. So, please open your mind and your heart and try to accept what I cannot explain. My first hurdle was understanding why. I had no history of hallucinations, no psychological issues, and no alcohol or drug problems. I had no theoretical or plausible explanations for what happened — besides what it was. Christine Morton's blood was found on the bandanna, as was the blood of another man, Mark Alan Norwood. Norwood has a long criminal record, including assault, and is now in jail awaiting trial.
Michael Morton's DNA, however, was nowhere to be found. Michael Morton center and his parents early on in his prison sentence. Courtesy of Patricia Morton hide caption toggle caption Michael Morton center and his parents early on in his prison sentence.
Courtesy of Patricia Morton Michael Morton center and his parents a year before he was released.
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Courtesy of Patricia Morton hide caption toggle caption Michael Morton center and his parents a year before he was released. Courtesy of Patricia Morton The Prosecutor's Defense The other bombshell occurred when the appeals court ordered the defense attorney and sheriff's files opened completely.
The exculpatory evidence found there stunned Texas legal circles. Anderson says he's not to blame. He also says there was no duty for Anderson to disclose the evidence to either the judge or defense attorneys. His lawyers assert that Anderson should be left alone. They say to go after the former DA only compounds the tragedy. A little more than a year after Christine Morton died, in a nearby neighborhood, another young Austin mother, Debra Baker, was savagely bludgeoned in the head in her home with a wooden club.
InDebra Baker left behind a grieving husband and two little children. Twenty-three years later, Phillip Baker and their grown children are trying to come to grips with the new and unhappy thought that their wife and mother didn't have to die after all. We're all extremely angry at him.
In the strange way these things sometimes go, it is Morton who has consoled Baker as they sat together in the courtroom. Michael Morton and his mother, Patricia Morton, in October after a judge announced him free on bond after nearly 25 years in prison for a wrongful conviction.
Courtesy of The Williamson County Sun hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of The Williamson County Sun Michael Morton and his mother, Patricia Morton, in October after a judge announced him free on bond after nearly 25 years in prison for a wrongful conviction.
For the past 24 years, Baker considered himself terribly unlucky: His wife was murdered, and the murderer got away. Now, he knows better.