Trial tied to wrongful conviction goes to jury

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) - A jury is deliberating the fate of a 58-year-old man accused of killing an Austin woman whose husband was wrongfully convicted of her slaying and spent nearly 25 years in prison before being exonerated.

The Austin American-Statesman reports jurors in San Angelo got the case after closing arguments Wednesday in the capital murder trial of Mark Alan Norwood. He is charged with the 1986 slaying of Christine Morton in her north Austin home.

Morton's husband, Michael Morton, was convicted in her death but was freed in 2011 after DNA evidence exonerated him and pointed to Norwood.

Norwood's attorney suggested to jurors in closing arguments that the DNA evidence was contaminated.

A prosecutor countered that jurors should trust the evidence.

Norwood faces up to life in prison if convicted.

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