Trial date set for suspect in Knoxville pregnant woman's murder

Trial date set for suspect in Knoxville pregnant woman's murder

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Norman Clark, 31, is scheduled to go to trial on Feb. 2, 2015. Clark was in court for an arraignment hearing Wednesday. Norman Clark, 31, is scheduled to go to trial on Feb. 2, 2015. Clark was in court for an arraignment hearing Wednesday.
By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A trial date was set Wednesday for the man accused of murdering a Knoxville pregnant woman and her unborn son in 2011.

Norman Clark, 31, is scheduled to go to trial on Feb. 2, 2015. Clark was in court for an arraignment hearing Wednesday.

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

Clark was arrested last Wednesday and charged with first degree murder in Brittany Eldridge's death as well as felony murder in the death of her unborn son Zeke.

Eldridge and her son were found dead in her West Knoxville apartment on December 13, 2011. Police said she had been strangled and robbed. She had also been stabbed with scissors.

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.

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

According to police warrants, 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.

The warrant also says there was an impression on Eldridge's body consistent with the jewelry worn by Clark. Investigators wrote that surveillance video from Clark's employer shows Clark wearing earrings on December 13, 2011 that could match the impression. Clark’s attorney Greg Isaacs says this is a circumstantial evidence case.

“Clark has been adamant about his innocence in this matter, which was a very senseless tragedy, from the beginning of this investigation,” said Isaacs.

Wednesday was the second time Brittany Eldridge's brother, Jeff Sherwood, has ever seen Norman Clark in person. The first time was at a candle light vigil two days after his sister's death.

“It honestly made me sick to my stomach. It made me angry, very angry,” said Sherwood.

Sherwood says despite the emotion of seeing Clark in person he will be in court for every hearing.

“I'll be there every step of the way. I won’t quit fighting until I see this thing through. I’ll never quit fighting,” said Sherwood.

Sherwood says since his sister's murder he's become her voice and he's determined to get justice and keep her memory alive.

“If you look at any of her pictures it will make your day but it makes and breaks my day at the same time,” said Sherwood.

Brittany's brother says he wishes the trial date was sooner so he and his mother could put this behind them and begin to heal and move forward but he understands it takes a while to prepare for a trial.

Isaacs says his client, Norman Clark, is looking forward to having the case resolved in court.
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