SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) - A man convicted of murdering an Austin woman whose husband was wrongfully convicted of her slaying has been sentenced in West Texas to life in prison.
Sources report Mark Alan Norwood will be eligible for parole after 15 years. The 58-year-old Norwood was convicted Wednesday in the 1986 death of Christine Morton.
Morton's husband, Michael Morton, was convicted in 1987 of killing his wife and served nearly 25 years in prison before DNA evidence exonerated him and pointed to Norwood.
Jurors in San Angelo found Norwood guilty of capital murder in the death of Morton, who was attacked in her north Austin home. Prosecutors said Norwood beat and sexually assaulted her.
Norwood also has been indicted in the 1988 slaying of another woman who lived near the Mortons.