Norwood’s appeal denied in Morton murder case

AUSTIN (KXAN) – An appeals court Friday upheld the murder conviction of Mark Norwood for the 1986 death of Christine Morton. Morton’s Husband spent 25 years behind bars for the crime before DNA evidence linked Norwood to the crime.

Norwood and his attorneys argued that the trial judge improperly admitted evidence related to the murder of Debra Baker because it was not related to Christine Morton’s murder. Norwood has yet to be tried for Baker’s death. The appellate judges ruled the evidence was related due to the similarities between the two murders.

Norwood was linked to Morton’s murder through DNA found on a bandana near the body. That DNA was eventually tested as part of the efforts to free Michael Morton.

Ken Anderson, the District Attorney who prosecuted Morton, was found guilty of withholding evidence. He lost his law license, resigned his position as a state District Judge in Williamson County and spent five days in jail for his part in Morton’s wrongful conviction.

John Bradley, the former Williamson County District Attorney who refused, for seven years, to allow the additional DNA testing that ultimately set Morton free, lost his bid for re-election.

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