Norris sentenced to life in prison

Published 12:00 am Saturday, March 19, 2016

Circuit Judge Lex Short sentenced a man convicted of killing his brother in 2012 to life in prison this week.

Clarence Alvin Norris, 55, was arrested in June 2012 after he fatally shot Cleve Norris.

Testimony at trial showed that Clarence Norris went to a neighbor’s house and asked the neighbor to call 911, claiming his brother had been accidentally killed.



When law enforcement arrived, they found Cleve Norris in what some law enforcement officials called a staged crime scene.

Additionally, Clarence Norris changed his story multiple times during the course of the investigation from an accidental shooting to self-defense.

A Covington County jury found him guilty in January.

At the sentencing hearing this week, Dorothy Manning, the sister of the defendant and the deceased testified.

She told the Clarence Norris that he had irrevocably changed the lives of all their family members and she prayed he would seek the Lord’s forgiveness for what he had done.

Short gave Norris the maximum sentence, ordered him to pay court costs, a $100 assessment to the Alabama Crime Victim’s Compensation Commission, a $10,000 fine and restitution for funeral expenses.

District Attorney Walt Merrell, who prosecuted the case, said: “I cannot imagine the grief the Norris family has suffered – with one brother dying at the hands of the other brother. I hope this conviction and sentence brings them some measure of closure, thought I know it will never health their loss.”