WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) - Mark Alan Norwood, whose DNA on a crime-scene bandana helped free an innocent man wrongly convicted of a 25-year-old killing, was indicted Wednesday on a capital murder charge by a Williamson County grand jury.
Norwood, who was living in Bastrop when authorities linked him to the 1986 death of Christine Morton, has also been linked to other killings from that era. His indictment was announced by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, whose office was brought in after the Williamson County District Attorney's Office recused itself in the case.
"An indictment in a cold case cannot bring back the life that was unnecessarily taken, but this is a big step toward answering long unresolved questions for the crime victim's family," Abbott said.
This is the latest twist in a highly controversial case in which Christine Morton's husband, Michael Morton, was sent to prison despite his stalwart protestations that he was innocent.
He was finally freed with the help of the Innocence Project in October when authorities finally acknowledged that its Norwood's DNA on along with blood and hair samples from Christine Morton that was found on a bandana at a construction site near the Morton home.
Norwood faces the death penalty if he is convicted.
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