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Maypearl girl’s family opposes bond reduction

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Waxahachie man is in jail on attempted capital murder charge
David D. Waller
The Ellis County Press

MAYPEARL - A Waxahachie man charged with attempted capital murder filed a request with the 40th District Court in Waxahachie to have his $80,000 bond lowered.

A hearing will be held by Judge Gene Knize Thursday, Dec. 5 at 1:30 p.m. to consider the request.

Corey Norman, 21, was accused of attempting to kill a 16-year-old Maypearl girl in an Oct. 7 attack.

The Ellis County Sheriffs's Department is also investigating whether the girl was sexually assaulted.

Reports given by Sheriff's officers indicate, on the night of the attack, the girl was coaxed out of her house by her assailant about 11 p.m. where she was knocked unconscious to the ground and then dragged into a field a little distance away.

The assailant attempted to strangle the girl then fled the scene. After awaking, the girl returned to her home and told her parents, who called the Sheriff's Department.

Lt. Danny Williams, in charge of criminal investigators for the Sheriff's Department, said the girl knew her assailant and told investigators she was talking to Norman at her window, when he asked her to come outside to show her something.

'There were marks around her neck,' said Williams.

Family members of the girl recently began circulating a petition at area stores and restaurants to oppose Norman's request. The petition asked citizens to consider the 'emotional impact' on the victim and family if Norman was released.

The petition states, 'We are asking that our family, friends and concerned members of our community help ensure our 16-year-old's safety and emotional needs are met to the extent possible by either making a phone call or sending a letter to the powers-that-be in Waxahachie, Texas … and request that his bond remain as is or if anything increased, not lowered.'

'He [Norman] allegedly strangled her with a wire tool used for cutting through PVC pipe' which left the girl permanently scarred, according to the family's petition.

The petition was signed 'The family of Lucky to Be Alive.'

'We plan to oppose any lowering of the bond,' said Patrick Wilson, a spokesperson for the District Attorney's office.

Norman was arraigned on Oct. 9. The charges against him were filed as attempted capital murder because of the sexual assault. A crime is tried as a capital offense if a second felony occurs during the course of the same incident.

Attorneys for Norman could not be reached for comment before press time.

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