In the prosecutor’s opening statement, attorney Allie Spears said the person who called that night was Shannon Davis, Josh’s ex-wife and mother to his child. Spears said Davis was also the defendant, Blackwood’s, girlfriend at the time.
Davis called that night to talk to Josh and told him she was upset and was thinking about harming herself, which concerned Josh, Spears said.
While Spears told the courtroom Josh had his father drive him to Davis’ home that night, Pittman testified that Josh told her he was going to his friend’s house.
Spears said when Josh arrived at Davis’ home, Davis was not upset the way he thought she would be; there was no indication of her harming herself and she was on the phone with Blackwood, so Josh left.
After Josh left, Davis told police Josh assaulted her in a sexual manner, Spears said. Blackwood then called the Norton residence and said, “You’re a dead man walking” and threatened to kill Josh, she told the jury.
Blackwood and Lansdale set out that night to teach Josh Norton a lesson to not mess with Shannon Davis, Spears said.
“It was a lesson that cost Josh Norton’s dad his life,” she said.
Pittman testified that she ended up going to Josh’s friend’s house that night, but no one was there.
When questioned whether she was surprised her boyfriend was not there, she said no because Josh would often not be where he said he would be. So, she went to her mother’s home in Purcell to see her children, where she stayed for the rest of the night.
Spears said Josh left that night to stay at a friend’s house after learning Davis had called police, telling them he sexually assaulted her, because he already had warrants out for his arrest. Norton Sr. was left home alone for the night.