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Records reveal former girlfriend reported threats prior to Norman slaying

Norman woman Dianna Paige St. Clair, 22, is one of seven people charged with first-degree murder in the home invasion shooting of her former boyfriend, Justin Barnard.
by Jennifer Palmer Modified: May 18, 2014 at 3:00 pm •  Published: May 18, 2014

— A Norman woman asked a judge to protect her from her former boyfriend shortly before the boyfriend was gunned down in his grandmother’s home, a “beat down” she arranged, court records reveal.

Seven people are charged with first-degree murder in connection with Justin Barnard’s March 28 home-invasion death, including his on-again, off-again girlfriend, Dianna Paige St. Clair.

In an application for an emergency protective order, St. Clair described how she wasn’t able to go home for two weeks for fear of Barnard, whom she described as an ex-boyfriend.

“He would show up and act crazy around my kids” and beat holes in the walls, she wrote in the petition, filed Feb. 19.

After she left to stay with her mother, Barnard would show up and sit in front of the house, leaving only after she threatened to call police, St. Clair wrote. And she said his family member called her and threatened to kill her and her children. Reports of harassment, stalking and burglary also were reported to the Norman Police Department.

St. Clair, 22, has three daughters, ages 4, 2 and 1, according to the petition. She’s also expecting a child, authorities say.

The petition was dismissed Feb. 27 after St. Clair failed to show up to court, records show.

Barnard’s grandmother, Dovie Barnard, says despite the accusations St. Clair made in the petition, her grandson wasn’t violent.

“He loved them kids even though he’d been with them nine months. And they was calling him Daddy,” she said.

St. Clair’s mother has custody of the children, said Capt. Tom Easley, a spokesman for the Norman Police Department. If St. Clair is in jail when her baby is born, it will be taken into state Department of Human Services custody.

Victim’s grandmother describes attack

Dovie Barnard survived the harrowing home invasion in which her grandson was killed. She was assaulted and robbed of her wallet after six masked men stormed into her Norman home, records show.

But she wasn’t the target, and the intruders focused on her grandson, Justin Barnard, who tried to protect himself with a baseball bat, she said.

One of the men, armed with a gun, shot Justin Barnard in the chest, she recalls. Then, he approached her.

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by Jennifer Palmer
Investigative Reporter
Jennifer Palmer joined The Oklahoman staff in 2008 and, after five years on the business desk, is now digging deeper through investigative work. She's been recognized with awards in public service reporting and personal column writing. Prior to...
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