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DNA evidence could clear Texas prisoner after 25 years

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New DNA evidence has linked the 1986 murder of a Central Texas woman to a third-party intruder, even though her husband has spent 25 years in prison for the crime.

Michael Morton, convicted of murdering his wife Christine, is seeking to have his life sentence overturned. New tests have identified a convicted offender in the national DNA databank as the man whose DNA is mixed with Christine Morton's blood and hair on a bandana found near the couple's Georgetown home.

Williamson County District Attorney John Bradley had resisted releasing the evidence for DNA testing, but he was overruled by an appeals court last year. Lawyers for the Innocence Project say Bradley has a bias against Morton and have asked a trial judge to appoint a new prosecutor.

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