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GEORGETOWN, Texas (AP) — A court of inquiry is set to examine whether a Texas judge might face criminal charges in the 1987 murder case of a man who was wrongfully imprisoned for nearly 25 years for his wife’s murder.

The legal proceeding beginning Monday in Central Texas will determine whether Judge Ken Anderson acted improperly when he was a district attorney prosecuting Michael Morton.

Morton was released in 2011 after new DNA testing showed he didn’t kill his wife in 1986. Anderson is accused of hiding evidence and has denied any wrongdoing in prosecuting the case.

Tarrant County Judge Louis Sturns will hear evidence before deciding if Anderson acted improperly. Sturns could then decide whether a grand jury should review the case.

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