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September 18, 2013

Jury could begin deliberation today in murder trial

NORMAN — District Judge Tracy Schumacher told jurors to expect to be sequestered today until they reach deliberation in the ongoing first-degree murder trial of Russell Lee Blackwood, 41, of Purcell.

About six testimonies were given Tuesday, including that of Shannon Davis, Blackwood’s ex-girlfriend and mother to one of his children. Davis was jailed Friday, away from the view of jurors, after part of her testimony for direct contempt of court.

When Davis appeared for the rest of her testimony Tuesday, she was escorted by a Cleveland County Sheriff’s Deputy.

Davis’ testimony of certain events did not coincide with others’ testimonies, including that of law enforcement.

One of the most notable differences in testimonies was in regard to events leading to the shooting death of Gary Norton Sr., 55, of Lexington. Norton was in his home when he was shot and killed during a drive-by shooting.

Blackwood and another Purcell man, Richard Dean Lansdale, 38, are accused of killing him last year on Easter Sunday.

Josh Norton and his ex-girlfriend lived with Norton Sr. at the time, but neither were home when the shooting occurred. The night before the shooting, events occurred involving Davis that led to Josh Norton staying with a friend instead, according to his testimony Friday.

Davis said Tuesday that she had called Norton Sr. the day before the shooting, April 7, 2012, several times, adding that during some of those calls, it was possible she was upset.

Aside from mothering Blackwood’s child, Davis was also Josh Norton’s ex-wife and had a child with him, as well. She said since Norton Sr. was the grandfather of that child, she was close to him and talked to him often.

According to Josh Norton’s testimony, Davis was calling Norton Sr. that day trying to get a hold of Josh, then lured him over to her house under the pretenses that she was going to harm herself. When he arrived, there was no sign of emergency, Josh said.

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