Jury selection begins in controversial murder case

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) - Jury selection has begun in Central Texas in a murder case that has drawn national attention because the original defendant was wrongfully convicted of killing his wife and served 25 years in prison.

The selection of jurors began Monday morning in the trial of Mark Alan Norwood, accused in the beating death of Christine Morton in 1986. Investigators say new DNA testing done on a bloody bandanna found near Morton's home points to Norwood.

Morton's husband Michael was convicted of her killing but later exonerated by the same DNA testing that implicated Norwood. The 58-year-old Morton was freed in 2011.

A district court judge eventually will decide whether the man who prosecuted Morton, Ken Anderson, should face criminal charges on allegations he intentionally hid evidence from Morton's defense attorneys.

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