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Michael Morton
Michael Morton
After spending nearly 25 years in prison, Michael Morton, 57, was freed. In 1987, Morton was convicted of murdering his wife and sentenced to life in prison. The prosecution claimed that Morton beat his wife to death after she refused to have sex with him. Morton, who maintained his innocence throughout his time in Texas prison, was exonerated after DNA evidence revealed traces of his wife's blood along with the blood of a convicted felon on a bandana that was found near the scene of the crime. After being released, Morton thanked the Innocence Project, an organization which helps clear the wrongfully convicted. He then said, "colors seem real bright to me now. I will say this, women are real good looking," eliciting laughter from the courtroom.
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