Morton Case Sparks Calls for Texas Evidence Law Reform

Not long after his mother was murdered, 3-and-a-half-year-old Eric Morton began to tell his grandmother what he had seen that terrible day.

“Mommy’s crying. She’s — Stop it. Go away,” his grandmother said he told her. She asked why his mother was crying.

“’Cause the monster’s there,” Eric said.

Gingerly, she pressed for more details.

“He hit Mommy. He broke the bed,” her grandson said.

“Is Mommy still crying?”

“No, Mommy stopped.”

Finally, his grandmother asked the question she was most dreading: “Was Daddy there?”

“No,” he said. “Mommy and Eric was there.”

The next day, she called ...

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