DNA Leads to Arrest in Latest TX Wrongful Conviction Case


A Texas dishwasher was arrested Wednesday in the brutal 1986 beating death of Christine Morton, whose husband was freed last month after spending 25 years in prison following his wrongful conviction in her murder, reports the Austin American-Statesman. Mark Alan Norwood, 57, was arrested at the duplex where he lived. Charged with capital murder, Norwood was jailed on $750,000 bail.

Norwood also is a suspect in an unsolved Austin murder, the 1988 bludgeoning death of Debra Masters Baker in her home. Like Morton, Baker was clubbed to death as she lay in her bed. Michael Morton, freed Oct. 4, has been living with his parents in Northeast Texas as he tries to rebuild his life. That’s where lawyer John Raley reached him Wednesday to convey the news. He had been waiting for word of Norwood’s arrest since July, when his DNA was linked to the slaying through blood on a bandana found at the scene.

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