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September 19, 2013

Guilty verdict reached in trial

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Davis testified that, when she had the call on speakerphone, Blackwood told Norton he better be gone by the time he got there. Josh Norton also testified that Blackwood threatened him several times, not only while he was at Davis’ house but later that night. Norton said Blackwood called his father’s cell phone and told him he was a “walking dead man.”

· Davis also testified that the pants she gave OSBI investigators were Blackwood’s pants. She said she thought he was wearing them the night of the shooting. OSBI analysts said they found gunshot residue on those pants. However, Douglas said the residue could have been from shooting the gun prior to the drive-by shooting.

The last thing Austin said to the jury Wednesday before they began deliberating was if they found Blackwood guilty, they should thoroughly consider his sentencing.

This happened in the middle of the night when people were at home sleeping on a holiday, Austin said. Norton Sr. was an innocent party in his own home, where he is supposed to feel safe and secure, sleeping.

Blackwood was trying to send someone a message, which could have been done with one shot of the gun, Austin said, adding that instead, the whole clip was unloaded on the house.

She told the jury to consider Blackwood’s reaction to everything. He didn’t ask Lansdale why he shot up the house instead of just the truck, and he didn’t ask why he unloaded the whole clip on the house, Austin said. He said in the calls that he knew what he was doing when he did it.

Blackwood’s actions cost Gary Norton Sr. his life and those actions should cost this defendant his life, too, she said.

“He deserves the rest of his life in prison,” Austin said.

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