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Texas Murder Suspect Could Be Key To Mystery In The Midstate

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by Janet Kim

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -  A man on trial for murder in Texas could be the key to solving a 30-year old mystery here in Nashville.

Mark Norwood is an accused serial killer being tried for killing Christine Morton.  Morton's husband was convicted for the crime years ago, but new DNA evidence has prosecutors saying Norwood is the real killer, and now he's being linked to a crime in the mid-state.

NewsChannel 5 spoke exclusively with a man who knows Norwood and may have had a key piece of evidence in the case. Sonny Wann employed Mark Norwood when they lived together in Texas. Wann doesn't believe his old friend is capable of these crimes, but he says if Norwood is responsible, he wants to see justice served.  

Wann has known Mark Norwood for decades.

"Mark has never shown me a violent bone in his body, and I'm pretty hard to get along with," said Wann. 

However, it's a different man Texas prosecutors describe as Norwood, a former dishwasher, stands trial for killing Christine Morton in 1986 when she was beaten to death in her home. 

"I know the Mark that's easy going," said Wann. "I don't know this one they're trying to tell me Mark is."

Wann recently went to Texas for a deposition in this murder case, where he saw his old employee. 

Norwood was believed to have sold Wann a gun that was taken from Morton's home the day she died.
 
Prosecutors believe Norwood is also behind other deaths, including one in Nashville. The State of Texas filed a court document earlier this month stating he caused the death of David Fox around July 19, 1980. A newspaper clipping from July 20, 1980 reveals Fox's death was reported as a hit and run at the time. 

"Mark never did admit to me as far as my memory goes," said Wann. 

Wann doesn't know Norwood's connection to Fox, but he wants to make sure Norwood gets a fair trial for the death of Morton. 

"If Mark killed those women, he needs the full extent of the law, but the time doesn't check," said Morton. "They're going to do this trial right. They never did me right, but they're going to do this trial right."

Wann says he believes he too was a suspect in the Morton case because of that gun in question. He says investigators even took swabs of his DNA. 
 
Wann says he cleared that DNA test, but he still would like to get his gun he bought from Norwood back from prosecutors. 

In Fox's death notice from 1980, Norwood is listed as a pallbearer at the funeral. According to court documents, Fox and Norwood were set to appear in court for a public orders crime just days before Fox died.

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