WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) - The capital murder trial for Mark Norwood in the 1986 killing of Christine Morton is on track to begin in January in San Angelo.
Norwood, along with his lawyers and Williamson County prosecutors were in court on Wednesday for a procedural hearing. Cameras were not permitted in the courthouse, and the lawyers declined to be formally interviewed.
In June, the trial was moved to West Texas because of intensive news coverage of the case. Morton's husband, Michael, was convicted of her killing but was freed in August after DNA linked Norwood to the death
Michael Morton's release spurred much public debate and prompted a future inquiry into District Judge Ken Anderson's role in the prosecution a quarter-century ago
.According to public records, Norwood has more than a dozen arrests in the last 30 years.
While in his late 20s, Norwood was arrested seven times in Tennessee. According to public records, between 1980 and 1983 he was arrested for various charges from arson to destruction of property. The most violent charge was aggravated assault involving a weapon with the intent to commit murder.
The Austin Humane Society reopened to the public Friday after closing its doors for six weeks.
The freezing and near-freezing rain that swooped into Central Texas overnight prompted numerous school closings and delays and made for a harrowing morning commute on Friday.
A man is charged with murder in the shooting death Wednesday of a woman at a North Austin auto repair shop, police said Friday.
A man is expected to survive after being stabbed in the head at the Salvation Army shelter in Downtown Austin at about 3:45 a.m. Friday.
It's the first criminal charge following a yearlong criminal investigation into the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.
With freezing temperatures pushing through the region, heating systems will likely be working overtime, which can bring rising energy bills.