Thirty-five years after a man’s murder, police arrest his 84-year-old wife for his death.
In 1984, Norma Allbritton told authorities she came home with her daughter and found her door unlocked before calling police. At the time, officials in Texas discovered her husband, Johnnie Allbritton, dead in the couple’s Buffalo home, reports The Eagle.
Authorities said Johnnie had been shot five times in the back and chest a with a 20-gauge shotgun. It was initially believed that he was killed in a robbery.
He was 64 at the time.
Weeks after the murder, Norma was scheduled to take a polygraph test but allegedly shot herself by accident. The test was never rescheduled and remains open. It wasn’t until 2015 that Leon County Sheriff Department revisited the case, reports FOX 5.
The department posted about the case on Facebook and said new evidence and a joint investigation led by the TV show “Cold Justice,” which airs on Oxygen, produced enough evidence to arrest and charge Norma for her husband’s murder.
Leon County Sheriff’s Office Press Release:Under the direction of Leon County Sheriff, Kevin Ellis, the 35 year old…
Leon County Sheriff Kevin Ellis told the Palestine Herald-Press:
“This truly was a team effort. Without Cold Justice, I don’t think we could’ve progressed as we have — but they also couldn’t have done it without the LCSO staff.”
Authorities did not indicate what new evidence led to the re-opening of the case after 35 years. Norma was arrested July 1 and was held at the Leon County Jail until her $50,000 bond was paid.
“Cold Case” will feature Allbritton’s case early next year in 2020.
However, as a result of the new break in the case, police are also looking into the 1981 death of her 13-year-old daughter.
The teenager’s death was originally ruled a suicide at the time, but the case has since been reopened.
Norma has not yet entered a plea.
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