KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A Knoxville man will be retried for the murders of Brittany Eldridge and her unborn son.
“I am so very happy we’re going to get a new trial. I think this is what needs to happen at this time,” said Eldridge’s mother Robin Owens.
In August, a jury failed to reach a verdict on Norman Clark. After eight days of testimony and less than 24 hours of deliberation, the 12 member jury ended in deadlock after they couldn’t agree on a verdict. The jury was 11 to one in favor of not guilty for Clark.
Owens says the idea of sitting through another trial is bittersweet.
“I’m not real crazy about the trial itself. But we need justice. And for justice, I’ll do whatever it takes to get it,” she said.
Clark has maintained his innocence claiming his former pregnant girlfriend was a victim of a robbery gone wrong. Eldridge was found strangled and stabbed to death with scissors in December 2011. No DNA evidence linking Clark to the double murder was presented in court, although, DNA evidence of another man, unknown at this time, was found.
Clark’s attorney Greg Isaacs says he got a call from the DA Thursday morning. That’s when he was first notified that the state intended to retry Clark. He says they were surprised.
“Today Mr. Clark would affirm he is in no way guilty of any of the offenses related to Brittany Eldridge or the unborn child,” Isaacs said.
A status hearing has been set for January 22. By then Clark will have decided on whether he can maintain Isaacs as his attorney.
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