From Michael Morton's Wrongful Conviction to Exoneration (Timeline)

In the 30 years since Christine Morton was murdered, her husband Michael Morton has been wrongfully convicted of killing her and fought for sweeping changes to state law. Look back at his case and the developments since his release.

In the 30 years since Christine Morton was murdered, her husband Michael Morton has been wrongfully convicted of killing her, sentenced to life in prison, exonerated after 25 years behind bars, seen his wife's killer brought to justice, fought for sweeping changes to state forensics laws and written a memoir documenting his experiences. 

Take a look back at Morton's nightmare of a case, and the glimmers of light since his release. 

 

Hear new reflections from Michael Morton on his wrongful conviction and read more of the Tribune's coverage on this issue: 

  • Texas has paid 101 men and women who were wrongfully sent to prison $93.6 million over the past 25 years, state data shows. The tab stands to grow as those wrongfully imprisoned individuals age and more people join the list.
  • Freed after a decade on Texas death row for a murder he says he didn't commit, Alfred Dewayne Brown thinks he's entitled to compensation from the state, but Comptroller Glenn Hegar is saying no.
  • Although a Dallas County district judge decided he was innocent eight years ago, Ben Spencer remains behind bars for a 1987 aggravated robbery he insists he did not commit.