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Testimony continues in Norwood trial as state presents narrative of murder

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YNN's John Salazar has an update from outside the courtroom Tuesday in the video above.

Testimony continues Wednesday in day two of a high-profile murder trial that has been decades in the making.

It was a dramatic and at times emotional day in the courtroom Tuesday when accused murderer, Mark Alan Norwood, came face-to-face with the man wrongfully convicted of the crime, Michael Morton, for the first time.

Morton was arrested in the summer of 1986 for the fatal bludgeoning of his wife Christine Morton inside their North Austin home. A bloody bandana tested in 2011 freed Morton from the crime after he served nearly 25 years in federal prison.

The blood and hair follicles tested on a bloody bandana matched DNA of both Christine Morton and the now 58-year-old Norwood. The day after her murder, Christine Morton’s brother located the blue cloth behind the Morton’s home and turned it over to police.

Williamson County investigators are now under scrutiny for overlooking the key piece of evidence, and blocking additional testing on the bandana for several years.

Also in court Tuesday, special prosecutor Lisa Tanner introduced for the first time a new piece of evidence.

Tanner approached the state’s first witness -- Michael Morton -- on the bench with a .45 caliber pistol he owned at the time of the murder. Morton noticed the gun was missing the same day Christine was found dead.

Morton held the weapon and told the jury, “That’s my old pistol.”

The stolen weapon turned up in Nashville. Investigators traced the semi-automatic handgun through serial numbers.

Tanner told the jury Norwood stole the gun during the Morton murder, and then sold it to friend Louis "Sonny" Wann. Norwood and Wann worked construction together the same year of Christine’s death.

A jury was selected for the trial Monday, which is being held in San Angelo, in Tom Green County. The judge granted a change of venue in the case because of the widespread publicity it's received in Central Texas.

Last week, Norwood told the judge his health was failing because the food in prison was making him ill. He arrived at court Tuesday morning in a wheelchair.

Norwood was arrested in the fall of 2011 in Bastrop, where he was living with his mother and washing dishes at a local restaurant. He is also a suspect in the Central Austin murder of Debra Baker, who was beaten to death in her home in 1988.

YNN's John Salazar has a mid-day report from the courtroom Tuesday in the video below.

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