After two Knox County juries failed to agree whether Norman Eugene Clark killed his pregnant girlfriend Brittany Eldridge and their unborn son Ezekiel, prosecutors have decided not to seek another trial. District Attorney Charme Allen announced that her office will not try Clark on charges of first-degree murder unless Knoxville police turn up new evidence.
The first trial ended in a mistrial after the jury could not decide whether or not he killed Brittany and Ezekiel, who was born eight and a half months after she died. In the second trial, the jury again couldn't reach a verdict and was declared deadlocked.
At the time of the slayings, Brittany and Norman worked together at the Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance Company in Knoxville. As collectors, they were responsible for calling people to make sure they paid their home loans on time. Brittany, who was separated from her husband, lived in an apartment complex off Western Avenue while Norman had his own place on Starhurst Drive.
During the first trial, investigators were skeptical of Norman's half-baked alibi that he had been at Leanne Hawn's house during the night of December 12th. They used cell phone records to show that he had been in the vicinity of Brittany's apartment and even in her parking lot that night.
At the second trial, the defense argued that investigators had not fully investigated all of the women with whom Norman had been involved. They argued that his harem of women made him appear narcissistic and damaged his credibility when testifying about the murder.