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Suspect in Morton murder no stranger to arrest

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Little was known about Mark Alan Norwood immediately following his Wednesday arrest for the 1986 murder of Christine Morton in Georgetown, but in the time since, his long criminal history continues to surface.

Norwood’s criminal record spans several states and several decades, and includes charges of arson, aggravated assault, weapons possession and, now, capital murder.

He faced a total of nine charges in Nashville, Tennessee between the years of 1980 and 1983. It was there that he was charged with arson, aggravated assault with a weapon, receiving stolen property and two charges of malicious destruction of property, among others.

In Texas, he faced a 1975 charge of marijuana possession and was charged with burglarizing a vehicle in 1987. Court records from the Bastrop County Courthouse show that Norwood was arrested in 2010 for assault, accused of kicking his neighbor in the face.

On Wednesday, Norwood was arrested at the Bastrop home that he shared with his mother.

One of his neighbors, identifying herself only as Judy, said she was surprised to hear of his suspected involvement in the crime.

"He didn't really talk to a lot of people,” Judy said. "It was a shock to hear that we had a murderer down the street, who would have ever thought that we had somebody like that."

Christine Morton’s husband, Michael, was wrongfully convicted of her murder and spent more than 24 years behind bars before DNA evidence cleared him of the crime and implicated Norwood.

Norwood’s DNA is also linked to the 1988 murder of Debra Baker in Austin. The Austin Police Department issued a statement Wednesday confirming that Norwood is a suspect in that crime as well.

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