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Victim's mother witnesses getaway

Brothers, one the father of the slain woman's unborn baby, fled the scene, her mother says.

By MIKE DONILA
Published May 14, 2007


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PINELLAS PARK - When he's older, Colton Norris will hear the whole story.

But for now, the 2-year-old's grandmother tells him only that his mother isn't coming back.

"I say she's in heaven, looking out for him, " said Sandy Norris, 47.

The boy's mother, Amy Alice Norris, 24, was shot to death shortly after 1 a.m. Saturday in the carport of her Pinellas Park home.

Her family says the suspect would have been the uncle of her unborn son. Amy Norris was 20 weeks pregnant.

Bruce Lee Watts, 26, of St. Petersburg was arrested later that day on a first-degree murder charge. Police say he drove to Norris' home and shot her three or four times with a 9mm handgun and drove away, leaving her to die.

Shortly before the shooting, Sandy Norris went to visit her daughter because of a "gut feeling that something was up, " she said.

She said she saw Watts, his twin brother, Benjamin - the father of the unborn child - and two others arrive at the home. She said she warned her daughter "something was going on" but the daughter assured her that everything was okay.

Sandy Norris said shots were fired minutes after she left, adding that the men fled in two cars.

"I'm not going to let this rest. I won't stop until other people are arrested because I know in my heart what happened, " said Sandy, who runs a day care center. "If they're so innocent, why don't they pick up the phone and call, see how we're doing?"

Pinellas Park police say evidence and interviews led them to charge only Bruce Watts. They say the shooting came after an argument involving Amy Norris and Benjamin Watts, but would not elaborate.

On Sunday, Norris' mother and sister, Carrie, placed a floral arrangement of carnations and roses on the windowsill of her home for Mother's Day.

Her surviving son, Colton, will live with Sandy.

"The hardest thing for me is that I don't plan on moving, and when I look up, I'm going to see the home where my daughter died, " said Sandy, who lives across the street.

Amy Norris grew up in Pinellas Park and spent most her life in the quiet neighborhood where she died Saturday.

Her family described her as a talkative woman who spent hours singing karaoke, playing on the computer and playing with Colton. The kind of person who would "give you the last dime she had if you needed it."

Family members say she lived off a disability check because she had severe attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. They say she used to date Bruce Watts a couple of years ago and started seeing his brother about a year ago.

Her sister, Carrie, remembered how the two used to jump on a trampoline and swing and play in the life-size dollhouse their father built them in the back yard.

"We liked to aggravate each other, but I loved her, " said Carrie, 26.

A funeral for Norris has been set for 11 a.m. Tuesday at Royal Palm Cemetery in St. Petersburg, where the family will play some of her favorite songs, including Proud Mary by Creedence Clearwater Revival.

[Last modified May 13, 2007, 22:46:45]


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