The Norman Transcript


September 14, 2013

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



According to Norton, his father took him to Davis’ house where he found his ex wife on the phone, but no signs of an emergency. After 10 to 15 minutes, when he asked to use the phone to call his father, Norton said Davis wouldn’t let him. So he began to try and splice phone wires together to hook up to his cell phone, which he said was either dead or out of minutes.

According to Norton, Davis then tried to hand him her cell phone to talk to whoever was on the line. Norton assumed it was her boyfriend, Blackwood.

Norton said he wouldn’t take the phone so Davis put it on speaker. After each one identified each other, according to Norton, Blackwood said, “Better get your wheels on. I’ll be there in a minute.” Norton took that to mean he better leave quickly.

Norton went to a neighbor’s house to call his father to come back and pick him up. When they got back to the father’s house in Lexington, Pittman was not there. He assumed she was angry at him for going to his ex-wife’s house.

According to Norton, soon after arriving, Blackwood called the elder’s Norton’s cell phone looking for Josh.

“This is Russell Blackwood,” Josh Norton said he heard during the phone call. “You are a walking dead man. And as we speak, Shannon (Davis) is filing charges with the police for tearing phone wires and forcing yourself upon her.”

Even though Norton denied forcing himself upon Davis, since he already had a warrant out for his arrest, he said he left his father’s house so he would not get arrested if Davis really did file charges.

While at his friend Charles Manson’s house, who lives a couple of blocks away, Norton said he heard about 15 to 17 shots fired during the middle of the night. But Norton said he thought the shots came from the south of where he was and not in the direction of his father’s house.

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