AUSTIN, TEXAS (AP) - In a March 15 story about the documentary “An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story,” The Associated Press made two errors when reporting that John Bradley emailed Eric Morton about his father’s likely release from prison. John Raley sent the email, not John Bradley, and Morton’s son had changed his name by then from Eric Morton to Eric Olson.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Documentary lays bare Morton’s wrongful conviction
`Unreal Dream’ lays bare how wrongfully convicted Texan lost everything but his innocence
By WILL WEISSERT
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ Handcuffed and being bundled into a police car after his conviction for killing his wife, Michael Morton called out to a nearby cluster of reporters.
“I didn’t do this,” the Texan cried, his dazed voice filled more with confusion than anger or heartbreak. “I did not do this.”
Nobody believed him.
In “An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story,” writer/director and two-time Oscar nominee Al Reinert offers an unflinching look at how Morton was wrongfully convicted of murder and had his only son disown him as he served a life sentence. It lays bare how the Austin grocery store inventory manager lost everything _ except the fact that he was innocent _ but was finally exonerated in 2011 by new DNA evidence after nearly a quarter century behind bars.
On Monday, another man, Mark Norwood, goes on trial for the murder of Morton’s wife Christine, who was beaten to death in her bed in August 1986. Norwood has also been linked to a similar 1988 slaying of another woman, Debra Masters Baker, sparking speculation that authorities allowed him to kill again while wrongfully focusing on Morton.
The district attorney who helped send Morton to prison, Ken Anderson, has been accused of withholding evidence that could have helped the defense. Anderson is now a state district judge and faced a court of inquiry, a proceeding held to examine alleged wrongdoing by court officials. A decision in that matter may come next month.
Asked about Anderson following a screening of “An Unreal Dream” at the South By Southwest film festival this week, Morton said it’s “not a personal, visceral hatred I have for him.”
“I had to literally let that go. I’ve had a lot of time to do that,” Morton said. “But, at the same time, there needs to be accountability.”
Two jurors from Morton’s trial appear in the movie and say they were struck by the defendant’s lack of emotion, in contrast to Anderson’s commanding courtroom presence.