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Posted: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 4:30 am

BELTON — A 21-year-old Killeen man was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of an Austin woman whose skeletal remains were found near Nolanville in 2012.

Carl Anthony Talton Jr. was sentenced Tuesday for the murder of 32-year-old Shenetria Norwood.

Talton pleaded guilty Feb. 12, according to the Bell County District Attorney’s Office.

Norwood was reported missing by family members on Aug. 4, 2012.

On Sept. 21 of that year, police and members of Baylor University’s Anthropology Department recovered skeletal remains in a rural area near Quarry Road, northwest of Nolanville. A medical examiner later identified the remains as Norwood’s.

The district attorney’s charge against Talton stated Norwood was shot to death.

Talton’s plea was part of a deal that allowed him to avoid being charged with capital murder. He also pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated robbery, which also carried a life sentence.

The two sentences will run concurrently, and Talton will be eligible for parole in 2042.

Norwood’s aunt spoke in the courtroom Tuesday for the family.

Talton sat motionless as she explained the impact of Norwood’s murder on her family.

“You left us nothing,” she told Talton, speaking just above a whisper.

A second man, Pernall Thomas, also was charged in Norwood’s murder. His case is currently moving forward, according to prosecutors.

Dorothy Jones, a cousin of Norwood’s in Austin, said the family suffered greatly while waiting for her killers to be brought to justice. She said they hoped to see Thomas sentenced soon.

“We’ve been praying for justice and looking for closure,” Jones said. “We want the others that took part in this to also be punished.”

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1 comment:

  • frank97 posted at 2:16 pm on Tue, Feb 18, 2014.

    frank97 Posts: 6

    the attorney must like not doing there job for the decease family ok let get a plea deal ok what a bunch of sorry people working in the bell county system, so what this mean for other is that its ok to kill you be out in 25 years or less he should have got the death penalty ............