Lauderdale County Man up for Parole

Norman Widdoson

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WHNT) — A man convicted of murder over 13 years ago in Lauderdale County has a parole hearing scheduled for July 19, according to the Alabama Department of Corrections.

Norman Ernest Widdoson, now 58 years old, will have a chance at parole. He was sentenced to serve 20 years in prison for the murder of James Gregory Wright. Wright, 42, of Green Hill, was beaten and stabbed to death on January 27, 2007.

According to investigators at the time, they believed there was a disagreement between the two men over a $70 debt that may have served as a motive in the homicide.

Deputies with the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) went to Wright’s home on County Road 130 on January 31, 2007. They found him dead inside the house with a laceration to his throat.

Widdoson was a resident of Iron City, Tennessee, having moved to the area from Maryland just a few months prior to the incident. He agreed to a plea deal in February 2009 with the District Attorney to cooperate in the cases against William David Nard and Greg Leon Nard, father and son, also both from Iron City.

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