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Crime/Courts

September 13, 2013

Murder victim’s son testifies in court

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NORMAN —

Fast forward to 8:30 a.m. Easter Sunday when Pittman said she arrived home because she, Josh and Norton Sr. had family plans for Easter Sunday.

“He was supposed to make tator tot casserole,” she said.

She knocked, but no one answered. She waited on the porch for three hours, but no one came to the door. When neighbors finally got home, she used their phone to call her mother to come pick her up, she said.

Pittman said she knew something was wrong when Norton Sr. didn’t answer his phone because he always answered his phone.

Norton Jr. also testified that his father always answered his phone, even if it was late and he had been sleeping.

When Pittman finally got into contact with Josh, he and two others came to pick her up and they drove over to the house. Pittman said she and Josh talked about how they both felt like something was wrong.

Josh unlocked the front door with his house key, called out for his father twice and then said, “I can’t go in there,” Pittman testified. Pittman then entered the house, opened Norton Sr.’s bedroom door and called out to him two or three times before she saw him lying in bed motionless.

“I just knew he was dead,” she said.

Pittman said she ran out screaming and told them he was dead.

“I thought something was wrong, but I wasn’t prepared for that,” she said, adding that she went around the corner and got sick after she ran out of the house.

Since Josh had warrants, she said he left and asked her to stay there with his dad, telling her they were going to get the police. When police showed up, she later learned that Norton Sr. had not died because of natural causes, which surprised her, she said.

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