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Nashville Cold Case: Victim's Mother Speaks Out

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Victim's Mother Helen Willis Victim's Mother Helen Willis

by Janet Kim

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A Tennessee man was killed in Nashville more than 30 years ago in what investigators believed was a hit and run incident.

However, court documents in a Texas murder trial revealed David Fox may have died at the hands of a suspected serial killer, who is on trial for beating a Texas woman to death in 1986.

Helen Willis is Fox's mother and she said revisiting this case has opened old wounds, but to some extent it's also bringing her closure because all along she said she knew someone was behind the death of her son.

It has been nearly 33 years since the newspaper headlines suggest Fox was killed in a hit and run, but it's a theory Willis never believed.

"They said that he was probably hit by a car, walking home," said Willis. "I think my son was murdered and they thought it was a mom trying to get sympathy but it wasn't."

Decades later, court documents filed in a Texas murder trial suggest Mark Norwood "intentionally or knowingly" caused the death of David Fox on or around July 19, 1980.

Norwood is on trial for the murder of Christine Morton in Texas, but he once lived in Tennessee, worked with Fox, and he was even considered a friend of the family.

"He was the one that came that afternoon to my mom's house and said how sorry he was, and my mom asked him to be one of the pallbearers," said Willis.

Though it's still unclear how Fox died or how Norwood was involved, Willis will tell you the news has helped bring her closure.

"I wanted him to be remembered and to know they finally could see some closure to it," said Norwood. "It would be such a blessing from God that you wouldn't believe."

Willis said she would like to see Metro Police reopen her son's case.

According to Willis, Fox's death certificate lists he died of misadventure. She would like to see it changed to murder.

Calls to the Texas Attorney General working the Mark Norwood case have not yet been returned.

Norwood is believed to be behind a number of deaths in Texas. In 2011, Metro Nashville investigators worked with Texas authorities to see if Norwood had any ties to Tennessee.



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