Purcell man arrested in connection with Lexington Easter Sunday slaying

Oklahoma authorities arrested Russell Lee Blackwood, 40, of Purcell, in the Easter Sunday shooting death of Gary Norton Sr., 55, of Lexington.
by Juliana Keeping Modified: April 18, 2012 at 6:33 pm •  Published: April 18, 2012
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— A second arrest has been made in the Easter Sunday shooting death of a Lexington man, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation reported Wednesday.

Authorities arrested Russell Lee Blackwood, 40, of Purcell, on a murder complaint in connection with the death of Gary Norton Sr., 55, who was found shot to death in his Lexington home April 8.

Blackwood was in the McClain County jail on unrelated charges. Agents questioned him Wednesday, arrested him, and booked him into the Cleveland County jail.

Richard Dean Landsdale, 37, of Purcell, was arrested at home Monday in connection with the killing. Landsdale also was booked into Cleveland County jail.

An autopsy revealed Norton died of a gunshot wound to the head, the OSBI reported. Several residents called 911 and said they heard gunshots in the area between 12:30 and 12:45 a.m.


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by Juliana Keeping
Enterprise Reporter
Juliana Keeping is on the enterprise reporting team for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. Keeping joined the staff of The Oklahoman in 2012. Prior to that time, she worked in the Chicago media at the SouthtownStar, winning a Peter Lisagor Award...
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