New details emerge in Norman slaying

Details of a home-invasion-type killing of a Norman man March 27 emerged Monday as affidavits were filed in Cleveland County District Court, accompanying charges of first-degree murder against seven people.
by Jane Glenn Cannon Published: April 7, 2014

— Shortly before he was gunned down in his home, Justin Barnard received a phone call from a man who told him he was on his way to kill both him and his grandmother, according to an affidavit filed Monday in Cleveland County District Court.

The grandmother later told police within minutes of the phone call on March 27 two cars pulled onto the front lawn of her house at 816 N Stewart Ave. and six people wearing ski masks broke through the front door. The woman said she was struck in the head and knocked to the floor, robbed of her wallet and held at gunpoint, the affidavit states.

While she was on the floor, Barnard struggled with a gunman and was shot, according to the affidavit. The gunman — called “Rusty” by another one of the intruders — then turned the gun on her but was persuaded to flee the house without shooting her, the affidavit states.

The affidavit accompanied formal charges that were filed Monday against six men and one woman. All seven are charged with first-degree murder. The defendants are Rusty Wooten, 31, Isaiah Walker, 23, Jason Harris, 28, Gary Harris, 29, Michael Tubby, 21, Montie Jones, 45, and Dianna Paige St. Clair, 22. The six men also are charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and first-degree burglary.

The seven defendants made an initial appearance before Special Judge Steve Stice. Stice ordered Jones and Walker held without bail. He set bail at $1 million for Gary Harris and $2 million for Wooten, Tubby, St. Clair and Jason Harris. Preliminary conferences have been set for 1 p.m. April 15.

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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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