GEORGETOWN – A week long court inquiry in to the actions of a former Williamson County prosecutor presented a mixed bag of emotions Friday in Georgetown.
Williamson County Judge Ken Anderson was the focus of an inquiry into whether he intentionally withheld evidence in the Michael Morton case.
Morton who is now 58 spent nearly 25 years in prison for his wife’s murder in 1986.
DNA evidence cleared him in 2011.
Anderson was the prosecutor during the Morton case and he is accused of hiding evidence which could have cleared Morton.
“I don't have words, I really don't. I've apologized that the system screwed up. It obviously screwed up and I beat myself up on what could have been done different and I frankly don't know,” said Anderson as he was addressing Morton directly.
“I know what me and my family have been through for 18 months and it's hell and it doesn't register in the same ballpark as what you went through Mr. Morton,” Anderson added.
Michael Morton spoke to journalists late Friday afternoon when the proceedings were over and was very deliberate with the words he chose.
“I think we saw someone who is still struggling with denial and anger and possibly a man who has spent at least three decades in a position of power who for the first time is having answer for his actions and he's very uncomfortable with it,” said Morton to reporters.
The presiding judge is expected to take five weeks to come to a decision.