Delay sought in trial over 1986 Morton killing

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Associated Press

Posted on November 26, 2012 at 4:02 PM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Lawyers for a man charged in the 1986 killing of an Austin woman whose husband wrongly spent nearly 25 years in prison for the crime are asking a judge to delay the January trial.

Mark Norwood is charged with capital murder in the death of Christine Morton. The case drew widespread attention last year when Michael Morton, Christine's husband, was freed from prison after DNA evidence finally proved his innocence.

The Austin American-Statesman (http://bit.ly/UWRwDI ) reported Monday that Norwood's attorneys want more time to find a new DNA expert. A decision could come Friday.

Norwood has pleaded not guilty. The trial is set for Jan. 7.

Earlier this month, Norwood was also indicted in a separate 1988 slaying of another Austin woman who lived just blocks away from the Morton home.

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