Police arrest suspect in pregnant Knoxville woman's 2011 murder

Police arrest suspect in pregnant Knoxville woman's 2011 murder

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Brittany Eldridge (source: Facebook) Brittany Eldridge (source: Facebook)
Norman Clark [file mugshot] (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Norman Clark [file mugshot] (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)
Norman Clark was arrested Wednseday afternoon. Norman Clark was arrested Wednseday afternoon.
KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Knoxville Police Department says it has arrested a suspect in the 2011 murder of a pregnant Knoxville woman.

Norman Clark, 31, was arrested Wednesday afternoon around 1:45 p.m. without incident. He was charged with first degree murder in the death of Brittany Eldridge and felony murder in the death of her unborn son Zeke. He is being held on a $1 million bond.

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The case began on December 13, 2011 when officers got a call from 5000 Western Avenue saying Eldridge's home was in disarray.

Eldridge's mother found her and her unborn child dead in her apartment. Police said she was strangled and robbed.

Officers say Clark had at one time a relationship with Eldridge and was the father of her child. The two also worked together at Clayton Homes. A motive is not clear at this time.

Police say they solved the case nearly two and a half years later due to persistence among its investigative team and that they had a large amount of evidence to process. They also said Clark was always their number one suspect.

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Clark was seen gathering alongside friends and family outside the apartment where Eldridge was murdered at a vigil shortly after her death.

Family members react

Jeff Sherwood and his fiancee Cassandra Presley have been waiting almost two and a half years for this day.

"Not knowing is the hardest part. You're left with a bunch of questions. What are they doing? How hard are they actually working on this? Is this person going to attack my family? Are they going to attack me?" said Sherwood, Eldridge's brother.

"It feels like yesterday. It always feels like yesterday, just can't get those events out of your head," said Sherwood, remembering Eldridge's murder.

Sherwood and his wife found out Wednesday that Clark was arrested for his sister and unborn nephew's murder.

"I felt a whole range of emotions all at one time, but mostly I was excited and happy," said Sherwood.

"I could cry and scream, joy, really happy there was an arrest and I just feel like a huge weight has been lifted off of our family," said Pressley.

"I definitely hope justice is served. I don't know what the [district attorney] is going to going to push for, but I hope they push for the death penalty," said Sherwood.

6 News Reporters STEPHANIE BEECKEN and ALEXIS ZOTOS contributed to this report.
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