Search warrants reveal events prior to Knoxville pregnant woman'

Search warrants reveal events prior to Knoxville pregnant woman's murder

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Norman Clark (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Norman Clark (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)
Brittany Eldridge (source: Facebook) Brittany Eldridge (source: Facebook)
By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - 6 News is learning more about the death of Brittany Eldridge and her unborn baby Zeke. Police arrested Norman Clark, 31, on Wednesday for the murders.

Previous story: Police arrest suspect in pregnant Knoxville woman's 2011 murder

Clark was the father of Zeke and on-and-off boyfriend of Eldridge.

Search warrants were issued for DNA samples and cell phone data from Clark in 2012 and 2013. The set of warrants detail the crime scene and a fight the couple had over the unborn baby. Clark told police he had no contact with Eldridge after an argument, but evidence obtained through the search warrants tells a different story.

When emergency personnel arrived on scene on December 13, 2011, it was determined Brittany Eldridge had been dead for at least 12 hours.

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According to the warrants, Norman Clark told police on the day before that he and Eldridge were arguing and that he had received several texts from Eldridge, but did not respond.

He told police he was not at her apartment the day of the murders and did not commit any crime against her, but December 12, 2011, phone records show Eldridge told Clark he could come to her apartment after 8:45 pm. Clark responded he would text or call when he was on his way. Just before 10 pm Eldridge texted Clark, “I hope you are getting my texts.”

A friend of Eldridge's told police Clark had been fighting with Eldridge over Clark's involvement, or lack thereof, in the life of his unborn child. The friend also told police Eldridge told her, Clark requested to meet with Eldridge the night of the murders.

Phone records also showed Clark’s phone was in the area of the victim’s apartment at or about the time of Eldridge’s death.

Baby Zeke was two weeks away from his due date when he was killed. According to the warrants Eldridge died from strangulation. She had also been stabbed with scissors. Zeke died from suffocation.

According to the warrant for DNA samples, Clark's fingerprint was recovered at the crime scene.

The DNA search warrant was used to gather Clark's DNA and compare it to hair found at the crime scene.

Clark has retained Greg Isaacs to be his attorney.

As of Friday evening, Clark was still in custody under a $1 million bond.

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