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September 14, 2013

Judge jails witness as murder trial takes a turn for the dramatic

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The next day, Norton testified to going to visit friends in Slaughterville before going back to his father’s house on the afternoon of April 8 with Pittman and a few other friends. He said he told everyone to wait outside while he went inside to look for his dad.

“I walked into the bedroom and found him,” Norton said. “Seen him still in bed. Shot in the head.”

This contradicts what Pittman told the jury Thursday when she said Norton wouldn’t go into the house and that she was the one who found Gary Norton Sr. dead in bed.

Norton said he left the house and went to a Love’s convenience store because he didn’t want to be arrested and have to be in jail with all those thoughts in his head.

Norton admitted to the court he was a drug addict and that he used meth two to three hours after finding his father. He was later picked up by police and arrested on the active warrants.

On cross examination, Blackwood’s defense attorney asked Norton several times if the state had made a deal with him or his attorney in exchange for his testimony. Norton said no.

The defense pointed out that since he has four felony convictions, he should be going to prison for the latest conviction instead of the community sentencing program he is now under. Norton said he didn’t know what he was talking about and reiterated angrily no deal had been made.

Blackwood’s defense also pointed out several differences between Norton’s testimony and the testimony he gave at the preliminary hearing and the initial interview he had with OSBI agent Marvin Akers. Norton responded to most questions with “I don’t remember.”

Blackwood’s daughter, Lauren King, also was called to the stand by Spears in the morning session. She testified that on April 7 Blackwood was at her house for a party she was having for her daughter. At some point, Blackwood took a phone call and stepped out of the house. King said she overheard her father say, “I hope you are not there when I get there.”

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