Judge: Norton will face murder trial 

Charene Mack broke down in tears Tuesday when a San Mateo County judge announced that Quincy Dean Norton Sr. will stand trial on charges of murdering her daughter — his wife, Tamika Norton.

Judge Barbara Mallach’s decision came after testimony from Norton and Tamika’s two sons, 9-year-old Quincy Jr. and 8-year-old Dion, and from Anitra Johnson, his girlfriend and the mother of his 6-year-old child.

Quincy Norton Sr. was arrested Aug. 27 at a bus stop on San Jose’s Capital Expressway after eluding police for a month. He was wanted on suspicion of murder in connection with the July 22 early morning stabbing of his wife, a 31-year-old registered nurse, in their Daly City home.

Their relationship had a history of domestic abuse allegations and, according to testimony, Tamika was planning on serving her husband with divorce papers.

Quincy Norton Jr. testified that he heard his parents arguing the night of July 21 and then was woken up in the morning by the sound of his mother screaming out to him and his brother in a "scared voice."

When he went to the bedroom, he said his father, whom he described as holding his mother down on the bed, turned to tell him to go back to his room.

The 9-year-old then described hearing bumping noises from the bedroom, after which his father took all three children to a friend’s house in San Mateo. Quincy Jr. said he was seeing his father Tuesday for the first time since his mother died.

Defense attorney Patricia Fox tried unsuccessfully to have the children’s testimony dismissed on the grounds that they were not reliable witnesses. She also suggested the crime scene could have been compromised by family members trying to enter the house when they were looking for Tamika.

Mack, now the legal guardian of her grandsons and their 1-year-old sister Jasmine, said she was proud of the boys for their appearance on the stand. She said justice would be served, either in San Mateo County or heaven.

"Should [he not be convicted] I believe there is a God above, and Quincy Sr. will pay for what he did," Charene said.

Johnson, a 33-year-old Milpitas resident, was granted immunity for her testimony. She testified that the elder Norton had told her he

didn’t commit the murder and found his wife already dead.

Police have also arrested Aprel Wade, 27, whom they suspect of harboring the suspect at her residence in San Jose, as an accessory.

Johnson said that previous to the homicide, she and Quincy Norton Sr. had discussed continuing their relationship after he was divorced, despite rumors that he had relationships with other women. Johnson and Quincy Norton Sr.’s relationship also had one report of domestic abuse in 2003.

The elder Norton’s arraignment was set for Jan. 24 at 8:45 a.m. in Redwood City.

dsmith@examiner.com

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