Updated 10/17/2011 07:13 PM
AG’s office to act as special prosecutor in Morton case
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Williamson County District Attorney John Bradley announced Monday that the Office of the Attorney General will serve as special prosecutor in the refreshed investigation into the 1986 murder of Christine Morton.
Michael Morton, Christine’s husband, was released from prison earlier this month after serving nearly 25 years for his wife's murder.
According to Morton’s attorney through court records, Bradley stood in the way of DNA testing on a bandana found near the crime scene, until the 3rd Court of Appeals of Texas got involved. In June, DNA test results showed the victim’s blood and hair on one side of the bandana. On the other side was DNA from an unknown male. In August, that evidence was matched to the unsolved 1988 Travis County murder of Debra Jan Baker.
Travis County officials believe the Christine Morton murder could be tied to the Debra Baker murder. They are referring to the person with the DNA match as "John Doe" since investigations are ongoing.
John Raley, a member of Micheal Morton's legal team, says Morton intends to see the investigation into his wife's murder until the end.
“As the husband of the murder victim and someone who was wrongfully convicted of the crime, Mr. Morton has a deep personal interest in seeing justice done, so we will want to consult with the attorney general as the new investigation proceeds,” Raley said “We welcome Mr. Bradley’s pledge of cooperation with our investigation into the allegations that exculpatory evidence was hidden from Mr. Morton and the trial court, and trust there will be no more misunderstandings as to that process goes forward.”
Bradley said in a statement Monday he wanted to make sure the attorney general's office was involved because of its experience with intricate investigations, including “cold cases that have required significant re-investigation, re-locating witnesses and the development of new evidence.”