Mark Norwood appears in court, readies for capital murder trial

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man charged with the murder of a young Austin mother is back in Travis County court before his trial begins next month.

Mark Norwood, 62, arrived in court Monday for his pre-trial hearing donning a gray and black out. He is charged with capital murder in the death of Debra Baker, who was beaten to death in her home in 1988.

The case went unsolved until 2011 when prosecutors say DNA evidence pointed to Norwood as a suspect.

The hearing discussed witnesses set to testify in the trial which is set to being Sept. 8. The trial, which was supposed to be tried in 2015, has been reset numerous times.

In 2013, Norwood was sentenced to life in prison for beating Christine Morton to death in her northwest Austin home in 1986. Her husband, Michael, was wrongly convicted of that crime and spent almost 25 years in prison before he was exonerated in 2011.

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