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Retrial nears for man charged in wife's 2006 murder

July 25, 2010 2:08:28 PM PDT
Trial motions are scheduled to be presented in San Mateo County Superior Court on Monday for the retrial of a man convicted more than two years ago of fatally stabbing his wife in Daly City, a deputy district attorney said.

Quincy Dean Norton Sr., 36, is accused of murdering his 31-year-old wife Tamika Norton at their home on Mira Vista Court on July 22, 2006.

On Monday, Judge Craig Parsons will begin to consider 32 motions to admit or exclude evidence at the request of both the defense and prosecution, Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

The evidence includes DNA samples, 911 calls, Norton's history of domestic violence, expert testimony and the testimony of children.

Norton's first trial ended with his conviction on May 15, 2008, when a jury found him guilty of first-degree murder.

The conviction was later overturned when Parsons found that the defendant's attorney had provided inadequate representation.

During the trial, the couple's two children testified they heard their mother scream the morning she died, and heard banging coming from the master bedroom.

Norton testified the boys heard the fight the morning before Tamika Norton was killed. Norton told the court he was at the home of another woman, Anitra Johnson, the night of July 21, and said Johnson took his keys at some point and left her Milpitas home for a few hours. He said he came home early that morning to find his wife's body on the bedroom floor.

Norton evaded police for more than a month while being sought for questioning after the murder. Police arrested him in San Jose on Aug. 27, 2006, when the woman whose home he was staying at told him to leave. Police arrested him as he sat at a bus stop.

Norton remains in custody without bail.

Jury selection is scheduled to begin Aug. 30.


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