In 1986, Michael Morton's wife, Christine, was murdered in their home just outside Austin, while he was away at work. Morton quickly became the prime suspect in the case and was eventually convicted of the murder, despite not much physical evidence. He was sentenced to life in prison.
Nearly 25 years later, after attorneys from the non-profit Innocence Project got involved, DNA evidence set him free, but not before he'd lost more than two decades of his life and his relationship with his son, Eric, who grew up thinking his father had murdered his mother.
Morton has written a book about his experience, called Getting Life: An Innocent Man's 25-Year Journey from Prison to Peace and he's signing copies at Brazos Bookstore tonight at 7.
Houston Matters' Michael Hagerty talked with Michael Morton from his home in East Texas last week about how his life has changed since being released from prison, how he's re-established a relationship with his son and what he thinks should be done to prevent more wrongful convictions like his.
The Innocent Man, Part One (Texas Monthly)
The Innocent Man, Part Two (Texas Monthly)
Interview with Barry Scheck, co-founder of The Innocence Project (Houston Matters, Nov. 19, 2013)
An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story (Documentary)