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State requests gag order in Norwood case

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A prosecutor from the Texas Attorney General's Office today asked a Williamson County district judge to impose a gag order in the upcoming trial of Mark Alan Norwood's. A gag order would prevent those involved from discussing the case outside the courtroom.

Norwood is accused of bludgeoning Christine Morton in her bedroom in August 1986. During a 1987 trial Morton's husband, Michael, was wrongfully convicted of the crime.

Recently-tested DNA evidence led to Michael Morton’s exoneration, after he spent more than 24 years behind bars. Norwood was a DNA match on a bandana near the crime scene that also tested positive for Christine Morton’s blood.

Norwood is also a suspect in the Central Austin murder of Debra Baker, who was bludgeoned to death in her home in 1988.

Another pre-trial hearing for Mark Alan Norwood is set for March 27 in Williamson County.

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