Norwood's mother believes son is innocent

Norwood's mother believes son is innocent

Credit: Michael Moore / KVUE

Norwood's mother believes son is innocent

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by SHANNON MURRAY / KVUE News and Photojournalist MICHAEL MOORE

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Posted on March 21, 2013 at 6:35 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 26 at 5:18 AM

SAN ANGELO, Texas -- Disturbing images were shown in a San Angelo courtroom Thursday in day four of Mark Norwood's capital murder trial.

Norwood is charged with the 1986 beating death of Christine Morton.

Today jurors heard from DNA specialists and the former medical examiner, then they saw graphic images from Christine Morton's 1986 autopsy. Family on both sides in the courtroom saw it all.

Forensic scientists described how DNA is collected, handled and processed Thursday morning - specifically the blue bandanna and 45 caliber pistol that prosecutors say link Norwood to the 1986 murder. That very evidence also ultimately freed Michael Morton after he wrongfully spent 25 years in prison for his wife's murder.

"Everybody deserves a fair trial, even Norwood, even me, even you, everybody does. And so I truly hope that justice is served here, that things are proved or not proved beyond a reasonable doubt, as much as is possible in this imperfect world," Morton said Wednesday. "People feel at least a measure of satisfaction that at least the right thing has been done, no matter how long it took."

Norwood's family says they stand behind him. They firmly believe he's innocent. The 58-year-old former carpet layer enters the courtroom in a wheelchair. Norwood's mother, Dorothy, says he's not in good health and is suffering from arthritis, a poor diet, little exercise and he's hard of hearing.

She hopes to testify in her son's trial, she believes someone else is responsible for this crime.

Michael Morton briefly took the stand for a second time Thursday; clearing up confusion over another blue bandanna seen in crime scene photos from inside their 1986 bedroom. He told jurors that bandanna was not the same one being used as evidence in the case.

 

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