The Norman Transcript


September 19, 2013

Guilty verdict reached in trial



· He said no one, not even his lawyer, brought up that Josh assaulted her. He told Davis that he had been made out to be a heinous criminal, a monster, and they weren’t even looking at Josh.

· He said he knew what he was doing when he did it, then asked how long Josh was at Davis’ house before she called him.

Something brought up often in closing statements Wednesday was Samantha Taitano’s testimony. Lead defense attorney Charles Douglas told jurors that without it, prosecutors couldn’t prove Blackwood was in the car and had the intent to commit the crime.

Austin said even without Taitano’s testimony, other evidence points toward Blackwood, including the following:

· Numerous statements were made during calls while Blackwood was in jail. In one, he admits to being a passenger in the car and participating in the crime.

· Evidence shows there was a drive-by shooting and Gary Norton Sr. was killed. That evidence, including bullet fragments found at Norton’s home and shell casings found dumped in Purcell Lake (which Taitano testified was where they dumped the casings) were confirmed by OSBI analysts to have been fired from the same gun. Furthermore, Blackwood’s daughter testified that other shell casings given to OSBI were from her father and brother, who went shooting prior to the drive-by. These were tested and confirmed to be fired from the same gun, Blackwood’s gun, prosecutors said.

· Monica Henry, Blackwood’s former girlfriend, testified that while she was with Blackwood on Easter Sunday, they went to Lansdale’s home, where Lansdale gave Blackwood a gun and then took it back to her house, where it was given to her father.

· Several people also testified that they heard Blackwood threaten Josh Norton when Davis called him, telling him Norton was at her house. Blackwood’s daughter said the day before Easter, she heard her father tell someone on the phone that he better hope he’s gone by the time he gets there.

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