Oklahoma City woman gets life sentence in crystal ball murder

Clara Ann Blocker pleaded guilty to first-degree murder Tuesday in the 2010 beating death of Erik Scott Saxton. Blocker struck Saxton in the head with a crystal ball and a DVD player.
by Jane Glenn Cannon Modified: April 17, 2012 at 8:05 pm •  Published: April 17, 2012
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— The mother of a slain Oklahoma City man said her son, who was born a dwarf, was no match for the near 6-foot woman who killed him, apparently in a fit of anger.

Clara Ann Blocker, 40, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Cleveland County District Court to using a crystal ball and a DVD player to beat Erik Scott Saxton, 41, to death. Blocker was sentenced to life in prison on a first-degree murder count in the September 2010 slaying.

Saxton “was a little man with a big heart. His heart was kind and open, and he wouldn't have warranted an attack,” said Juanita Saxton Tischendorf, who came from Rochester, N.Y., for Blocker's sentencing.

Saxton was 4 feet, 5 inches tall and was partially paralyzed on his left side, Tischendorf said.

Blocker, who is 5-foot-11, initially told police detectives she wouldn't have done anything to hurt Saxton “because he's a little person.” She later confessed to the Sept. 16, 2010, attack at Saxton's apartment at 3042 SW 89.

She was homeless and had been staying with Saxton temporarily when the killing occurred, she said.

Blocker told detectives the two of them had been drinking vodka when they argued. She grabbed a crystal ball off a nightstand and hit him in the head, then picked up a DVD player and continued to hit him. She never explained what they had been fighting about, the detectives said.

Blocker called 911, but Saxton died of his injuries at an Oklahoma City hospital a short time later.

Tischendorf said her son struggled throughout his life with physical problems. As a baby, he spent months in the hospital before doctors finally diagnosed him as hydrocephalic.


by Jane Glenn Cannon
Senior Reporter
A native of Oklahoma, Jane Glenn Cannon is an award-winning reporter who has covered everything from crime, courts and government to entertainment and features. She wrote a popular personal column for many years. She is a former associate writer...
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