Oklahoma City pastor will face trial in fatal shooting of son-in law

Michael Scott Elder, 53, is charged with first-degree murder in Feb. 20 death of son-in-law, Gary Davidson, 27
by Tim Willert Published: May 25, 2013

Prosecutors contend Gary Davidson was sitting in the backseat of the stopped truck when he was shot multiple times, including twice through the passenger seat headrest.

Girlfriend's testimony

The victim's girlfriend also testified Friday at Elder's preliminary hearing and contradicted the wife's testimony.

Judith Chism, who lived at the residence with Gary Davidson, said the truck was stopped when Gary Davidson tried to exit the vehicle from the back seat as Elder stood next to the open door.

She testified hearing four to five gunshots.

“He falls out on his forehead, straight down,” Chism testified. ”It was unbelievable to watch.”

Chism also testified that April Davidson sent her two texts after the homicide, which she reported to police.

A crime scene investigator testified that Davidson was shot three times, including twice in the left side while he was in the back passenger seat. Each shot, Oklahoma City police Sgt. Everett Baxter said, was fired from close range through the front passenger side window.

One of the wounds, to Davidson's wrist, appeared to be defensive but the officer could not say for sure if the victim was in the front or back seat when he sustained it.

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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for FOXSports.com in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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