SAN ANGELO, Texas (KXAN) - A jury of seven women and five men was seated Monday afternoon in the murder trial of Mark Norwood, who is accused of killing Christine Morton in 1986.
Testimony is scheduled to start Tuesday.
Norwood, who has a long criminal history was linked to the death of the Williamson County woman only after Michael Morton was exonerated of his wife's death thanks to DNA evidence. That same evidence pointed toward Norwood, a new suspect with a long criminal history.
The amount of exposure and publicity the case has received led to a change of venue from Williamson County to the remote west Texas city of San Angelo, where attorneys expect to have jury seated by close of business Monday and to begin opening arguments on Tuesday.
The 58-year-old Norwood, who arrived at the courthouse in a wheelchair, has a record that includes burglary, assault, and arson among others. The DNA evidence also led to him being a suspect in the 1988 murder of Debra Baker.
Prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty.
Williamson County Judge Burt Carnes will preside over the trial at the Tom Green County Courthouse and has said he hopes the trial is completed by Good Friday.
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 expected to survive after being stabbed in the head at the Salvation Army shelter in Downtown Austin at about 3:45 a.m. Friday.
Investigators are looking into an overnight fire that left one woman with third-degree burns.
Caldwell County residents gathered Thursday evening to organize their fight against a proposed landfill that they say poses a hazard that they don't need.
The pastor of the Austin church attended by the teacher who was killed Thursday in Benghazi remembered him as a spiritual friend dedicated to improving the lives of others.
As the Austin area prepares itself for an impending winter storm on Friday, Dec. 6, many schools have already announced delays.