Davis, who left the district attorney's office just days after the Morton case ended, said Anderson had a close working relationship with then-Sheriff Jim Boutwell. And he said Anderson prided himself on knowing all the details of cases that he tried, describing him as "a control guy" when it came to his investigations.
The transcript and other information, Davis said, should have been turned over to the judge and to Morton's attorneys. When he learned about the DNA evidence that exonerated Morton, Davis said he went to Anderson's office and confronted him about whether he had concealed the transcript outlining details of the attack young Eric Morton witnessed. "And he says, 'We turned it over,'" Davis said.
Davis also described a scene that unfolded in the Williamson County courthouse on the day that the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals exonerated Morton. Davis was in Anderson's courtroom, and he said current District Attorney John Bradley arrived and insisted on a meeting with Davis and Anderson in a back room. Anderson wanted to meet with Bradley alone, Davis said, and the two went into a separate room. "And Judge Anderson and Mr. Bradley had a discussion which was pretty loud," Davis said. "I could hear raised voices, but I couldn't tell what they were saying."
Davis contended he had no knowledge that anything was withheld from Morton's lawyers, and that he was disturbed to learn that information was allegedly supressed. "It troubles me greatly," Davis said.
MORE: From the Austin Statesman, the Texas Tribune, the Wilco Watchdog, and the Williamson County Sun.
UPDATE: The suspect in Christine Morton's murder identified through DNA has been publicly identified.
See prior, related Grits posts:
- CYA meetings helped prosecutors, investigator prep for critical depositions
- Nuther Brady violation from Williamson DA's office
- Current, former prosecutors in Williamson, Harris Counties forced to testify about alleged misconduct
- Pushback by prosecutors prevent exposure of 25-year old secrets in Morton case
- Stare bar will investigate prosecutor misconduct in Michael Morton case
- Unable to squelch prosecutor misconduct allegations, John Bradley passes them off to AG
- John Bradley tries to short-circuit investigation into prosecutor misconduct in Michael Morton case
- John Bradley facing local, national criticism now that Michael Morton formally exonerated
- State Bar should sanction prosecutor from Michael Morton case but almost certainly won't
- What can the Texas Legislature do to reduce prosecutorial misconduct?