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New arrest made in 25-year-old WilCo homicide

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Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 10:42 am

Michael Morton spent nearly a quarter of a century in prison before new evidence showed that it was actually someone else who killed his wife.

But last week, Williamson County detectives made a new arrest in the 25-year-old homicide.

Mark Alan Norwood, 57, who is suspected of beating Christine Morton to death in 1986 was booked in the Williamson County Jail on Nov. 13.

According to the felony complaint filed on Nov. 10, investigators said Norwood caused her death with his hands or an unknown object while committing or attempting to commit a burglary.

"On August 13, 1986, Williamson County Sheriff's Office responded to 9114 Hazelhurst, Austin ... on a report of a homicide. At that location, a body of a white female, later identified as Christine Morton was observed," the complaint said.

"On August 14, 1986, a blue bandana was turned over by John Kirkpatrick, Christine Morton's brother, to the Williamson County Sheriff's office," the document said. "Recent forensic tests, including DNA sampling, revealed the presence of blood and a hair belonging to Christine Morton. Testing also revealed the presence of another DNA profile. This DNA profile was entered into the Combined DNA Index System, a nationwide index of DNA profiles of certain defendants in the criminal justice system. CODIS revealed a ‘hit' or match with a known DNA profile in the system. This profile belonged to Defendant Mark Alan Norwood."


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