AUSTIN (KXAN) — Mark Norwood, already serving a life sentence for the 1986 murder of a woman in her northwest Austin, was in court on Tuesday to determine the fate of a DNA sample that could link him to additional cases.
Norwood is about to go on trial for the alleged murder of another woman, Debra Baker, who was beaten to death in her home in 1988. The case went unsolved until DNA evidence pointed to Norwood as a suspect in 2011.
Defense Attorney Bradley Urrutia filed a motion to suppress the DNA taken from Norwood. Investigators had requested a sample from Norwood to compare to DNA in the other cases.
Urrutia argued that his client was under duress when he gave his consent for saliva and hair samples. The judge disagreed.
On Thursday, a final hearing will be held to make sure they’re on track for the trial start on Monday, Sept. 12. Urrutia says Norwood maintains his innocence.
The trial, initially planned for a 2015 start date, has been reset numerous times.