Attempted murder trial of Maypearl girl postponed
By 06/19/2003 00:00:00
The Ellis County Press
WAXAHACHIE - The trial for the attempted capital murder of a 16-year-old Maypearl girl has been postponed to July 15, due to not enough jurors, according to court officials at Waxahachie's 40th District Court office. The trial was originally scheduled for the week of June 9.
Corey Norman, a 21-year-old Waxahachie resident, was arrested on Oct. 9 after the girl said her assailant coaxed her out of the house about 11 p.m. on Oct. 7, 2002.
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.
Sheriff's department reports said she was knocked unconscious to the ground and then dragged into a field a little distance away.
'There were marks around her neck,' said Williams.
Norman initially requested his bond lowered and family members of the victim circulated petitions at stores and restaurants to oppose Norman's request. Petitions asked citizens to consider emotional impact on the victim and family if Norman was released.
'This crime woke some of the people up in our little country town,' the victim's father said. 'The trauma of this event has destroyed the safe haven we had.'
'Hopefully he does not get back in public anytime soon,' the victim's father said. 'He could do this to somebody else or come after my daughter again.'
Norman has a prior indictment from April 1999 for assault, the indictment stating he stabbed a man with a knife.
Norman pled guilty to the charge and received two years probation and $1,500 restitution, as part of a plea bargain.
Norman is currently awaiting trial at the Wayne McCollum Detention Center (Ellis County Jail). His mother serves as a police officer for the Midlothian Police Department.