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UPDATE (May 6, 2019 2:58 p.m.):

More than 33 years after the murder of Karen Ann Norton during what was believed to be a burglary at the time, a Grand Jury has indicted her then-husband, John Joseph Norton, on first degree murder charges.

Booking photo of John Joseph NortonThe case went cold following the initial investigation into her murder in her home in the 100 block of Delrey Avenue in Catonsville on December 17, 1985. Karen Norton was just 23-years-old when she suffered a fatal stab wound to the upper body shortly after returning home from work that evening.  

The initial investigation led police to believe that she was killed by an unknown suspect during a burglary, but as the case has continued to be worked by detectives through the years they began to narrow in on her husband, John Norton, as the primary suspect. Recent developments in the case have uncovered new evidence that further supported that theory, and the case was brought before the Grand Jury on Wednesday, May 1. After hearing the evidence, an indictment was issued and detectives served Norton with a warrant for his arrest that evening. 

Norton now remains held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center pending trial.

Visit the Baltimore County Unsolved Homicide Cases page on our website for information regarding other cold cases.

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Original Unsolved Homicide Release:

On December 17, 1985, Karen Ann Norton was murdered in her home in the 100 block of Delrey Avenue 21228. She had just arrived home from work at approximately 6:45 p.m. when she was attacked and killed.

Mrs. Norton, a newlywed at the time, worked at JCPenney in Security Square Mall. Although there was evidence of a breaking and entering, police believe this was staged to thwart the homicide investigation.

Reward Offered

Metro Crime Stoppers, an organization that is separate from the Baltimore County Police Department and Baltimore County Government, offers rewards for information in connection with felony offenses. Anonymous tips can be sent to Metro Crime Stoppers by phone, text message or online.

Phone: 1-866-7LOCKUP

Text message: Text "MCS" plus your message to "CRIMES" (274637)

Web tip: www.metrocrimestoppers.org

UPDATE (June 12, 2018 3:09 p.m.):

booking photo of Dominique Deangelo JonesDetectives from the Violent Crimes Unit have charged a suspect in the shooting of a man in Reisterstown Sunday night.

Dominique Deangelo Jones (26) of no fixed address is charged with various counts of attempted murder, assault, and associated firearms charges following a domestic related shooting in the 400 block of Shirley Manor Road Sunday night. Just before 9:30 p.m., Jones responded uninvited to a woman’s home in the area where he began a verbal altercation with the victim, who was already at the home. The argument escalated into violence when Jones produced a gun, shooting the victim, and then fleeing the location.

Jones is currently being held on denied bail status at the Baltimore County Detention Center following a bail review today.

Original Release (June 11, 2018 9:04 a.m.):

Baltimore County Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding a shooting in the 400 block of Shirley Manor Road, 21136 this morning.

Police were called to the scene around 9:30 p.m. last night after a verbal disturbance in front of the location turned violent when one of the men shot the other man, then fled the location. The victim, 37, was transported to an area hospital suffering from at least one gunshot wound to the upper body. He is expected to survive his injuries.

The Baltimore County Police Violent Crimes Unit is continuing their investigation into this crime.

At a recent seminar on animal abuse, members of the Baltimore County Police Department, the Baltimore County Animal Services, the Office of the State's Attorney, and veterinarians met with various groups to discuss the problems associated with animal abuse and the correlations it has to further violent behavior, arguing for stricter enforcement and stronger laws.

During the daylong session, attendees were reminded that, in some cases, animal abuse is a precursor to domestic abuse. Oftentimes the victim in a domestic case is fearful of leaving the abusive situation because there is a pet at home. The abuser threatens the victim by threatening to harm or kill the pet if the victim leaves.

Another issue is the lack of shelters for the pets of the victims. That is starting to change. Social workers found that the victims will leave their home if they know there is a safe place for their pets. We forget that pets are part of the family and are loved. Finding shelter for household pets can become another difficult factor in the decision to leave an abusive relationship.

Animal abuse has been found to be a precursor to violence against other people. When investigators looked into the past of serial killers, they found that animal abuse is often the start of their criminal activity. Recent Texas serial shooter, Devin Kelley, was court-martialed in 2012 and sentenced to a year in prison for domestic assault on his stepson. He subsequently received a "bad conduct" discharge by the Air force. Kelley was arrested in 2014 for animal abuse after tormenting a dog by punching, hitting and throwing the defenseless animal. Other serial killers follow much the same path; they abuse animals and then proceed to abusing and killing people.

Our officers learned that if a child is found abusing animals, there may be something causing the violent and cruel behavior. Most likely there is physical abuse in the home, either of the child or another family member. The child copes by copying the same behavior as the abuser. However, studies have also shown that sexual abuse of a child also often leads the child to engage in the abuse of animals. Helping these children at an early age may prevent the escalation of violent behavior and future tragedies.

Prosecutors at the conference are working with police to go beyond the normal questions when handling a domestic violence call. Officers were told to inquire further regarding children and pets. With this information, our officers can make the necessary calls to the Department of Social Services. Officers can find out if there is an agency that can take the animals out of the home and place them in a safe environment while the children go with their abused parent. If the victim feels the children and pets will be safe, they will most likely leave with the officer and be taken to a safe house.

This is one of many conferences that Baltimore County Police attend to further their knowledge. As an officer and professional, it is important to keep up with the latest trends in crime prevention. Baltimore County Police constantly strive to make Baltimore County a safe and comfortable place to live and work.

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017