Norma Allbritton Arraigned in Court

Norma Albritton

Norma Allbritton, a former resident of Buffalo, was in the Centerville Courtroom, Friday, September 20th for arraignment on the charge of Murder. Allbritton was arrested and charged by the Leon County Sheriff?s Department on July 1st for the thirty-five year old murder of her husband, Johnnie Allbritton.

Allbritton appeared in Judge Evans Court with her attorney Daniel Scarbrough of Palestine. Allbritton pled not guilty to the charge. Scarbrough asked the court to allow him more time to read through the large amount of discovery in the case. Evans agreed and the next court date was set for December 20th.

Following her arrest in July, Allbritton was held in the Leon County Jail for three days on a $50,000 bond. Scarbrough posted the bail for Allbritton, who has been free since that time.

This case has troubled many Buffalo residents since Johnnie Allbritton was found deceased in his home in May of 1984. Allbritton died of multiple shot gun blasts that struck him in the front and in the back of the body. No arrests were made at the time of the initial investigation into the murder. And no one considered a suspect has ever taken a polygraph test.

The turn in the case came years later when Leon County Sheriff Kevin Ellis and Texas Ranger Andres Del La Garza collected and digitalized all the notes and interviews taken over the years concerning this case and related cases. Ellis then contacted the TV series Cold Justice who took interest in the case.

Cold Justice sent an investigator to Leon County with a great deal of technical and forensic support. The Cold Justice investigator worked with two of the Sheriff?s Department Investigators, Wayne Sullee and Joe Page, to again interview witnesses and take a fresh look at evidence. As a result of this in depth investigation, the sheriff was able to present the information to a grand jury. And the grand jury recommended the indictment against Norma Allbritton.

The case has not been closed. The Leon County Sheriff?s Department continues to work on this case and certain related cases. Ellis has said, concerning the Allbritton case, ?I will not rest until everyone involved in this murder and/or related crimes is brought to justice.?