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Witnesses describe bandanna in Norwood trial

Testimony continued Wednesday in the Mark Norwood murder trial. He is accused of killing Christine Morton in 1986.

Her husband, Michael Morton, was wrongfully convicted of the crime.

There are two key pieces of evidence that have been brought up so far in the state's case. The public learned about the first piece of evidence for the very first time Tuesday. A gun that was discovered missing from the Morton home after the murder has been found. Prosecutors said Mark Norwood sold that gun to a friend in 1986.

The other key piece of evidence is the bandana found near the crime scene and was a big focus of Wednesday's testimony. The brother of Christine Morton, John Kirkpatrick, testified Wednesday. He was the one who found the blue bandana not far from the Morton home the day after Christine was murdered in 1986.

He told jurors that he had gone out looking for potential evidence because he was frustrated with the investigation. When he saw the bandana, that appeared to have blood on it, he thought it could be related to the murder. A former Williamson County Sheriff's deputy also testified that he was given that bandana and it was taken into evidence.

While that was before DNA testing was possible, it was determined that the bandana contained human blood. It wasn't until 2011 that DNA testing showed the bandana contained the blood of Christine Morton and the DNA of Mark Norwood.

Wednesday's testimony focused on how the bandana and other evidence related to the crime scene was collected and stored. Norwood's attorneys say their client is not guilty and are hoping to raise doubt in jurors' minds that all the evidence was properly handled.

However, prosecutors say the evidence will show that Norwood, a former carpet layer who lived 12 miles from the Morton home in 1986, was the one who killed Christine Morton.

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