GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) - New DNA evidence could clear a man in prison 24 years for the murder of his wife in Georgetown in 1986.
A court filing unveiled Wednesday in Michael Morton's case shows DNA evidence on a bandana linked to the crime scene does not match Morton, who is serving a life sentence in the beating death of his wife, Christine, in their Williamson County home.
Court papers filed by the Innocence Project on Morton's behalf say a court-ordered test on the bloody bandana contains the DNA of another man.
"These DNA results prove that Michael Morton was telling the truth all along," Barry Scheck, co-director of the Innocence Project, said in a statement. "It's clear from the new DNA testing and other suppressed, exculpatory documents that law enforcement never followed up on numerous leads pointing to a third-party intruder, which might have solved the crime."
The filing also contends that Williamson County District Attorney John Bradley should be removed from the case because he suppressed an interview transcript that strength ened Morton's case.
In a statement to KXAN News, Bradley said his office will "diligently pursue" any new evidence. He said he could not comment further on the pending case.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside a vehicle after the child's family was involved in a fender bender, DPS said.
Austin Police confirm they have located an 82-year-old women who went missing last night.
APD is responding to a 25 vehicle accident near the 5400 block of Ed Bluestein near Thurgood Ave.
A man is dead after being hit by several vehicles in the eastbound lane of Highway 71 Saturday night.
A representative at the Fayette County Sheriff's office said that Fayette County is effectively shut down due to icy conditions.