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Court of appeals upholds Norwood conviction in Christine Morton murder
Another court has upheld the capitol murder conviction of Mark Alan Norwood in the murder of Christine Morton more than 25 years ago.
DNA evidence that exonerated husband Michael Morton also implicated Norwood. Defense attorneys say prosecutors should not have brought up the murder of Debra Masters Baker, which Norwood is also suspected of, and discussed the similarities. Williamson County Assistant D-A Mark Bruner says he may have one more appeal left, "They would have filed a motion for a new trial in the original trial court by Judge Carnes, that would have been denied. So here we have really the first of two layers of the appellate court so we can really look at this."
Bruner says he doesn't think any court will reverse Norwood's conviction. Justice Bob Pemberton writes the two murders were sufficiently similar and the Baker evidence was admissible to prove identity in the Morton case.