NORMAN — A woman already charged with shooting one of her husband's mistresses in the neck in November waived her right to a jury trial in connection with allegations that she threatened the life of a woman she believed was involved with her significant other.
Virginia Ruth Davis, 47, was arrested in December, accused of threatening to kill the owner of Kule, a clothing and accessory store in Norman. It's not clear whether the business is still in operation.
Weeks earlier she was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon after she apparently shot another woman in the neck in the Old Silk Stocking neighborhood in Norman.
Davis waived her jury trial Tuesday morning and could enter some kind of plea deal during an April 23 court appearance in Cleveland County District Court.
According to an affidavit filed in Davis' latest case, the defendant walked into the clothing store on the morning of Dec. 13 and “made threats of serious bodily harm to the owner of the business,” who is identified in the document as Amanda Sampson.
“I know you have been flirting with my husband,” Davis reportedly said to Sampson, according to the affidavit. “I have already beaten the crap out of one woman, shot another and I am not going to even tell you what I did to the other woman.
“You better stay away from my husband or I'm going to … kill you.”
Court records show that Sampson “positively identified the suspect, stating that she had lived near her for approximately six years.”
Davis' threat against Sampson appears at least somewhat credible.
Prosecutors say Davis shot a woman named Lisa Nardine in the neck Oct. 9. And like the incident involving Sampson just two months later, the defendant's husband appeared to be involved.
A probable cause affidavit filed Nov. 5 by Norman police officer Ronald Collett detailed how Nardine, 40, ended up with a gunshot wound that night.
“The victim parked her pickup in an empty driveway near … the home of her boyfriend and his wife, defendant Virginia Davis,” Collett wrote.
“The victim, believing that her boyfriend was inside with his wife, recruited their friend to go to the door of the home to see if he could obtain some money from her boyfriend so that they could go buy beer and cigarettes.
“While waiting, the victim saw defendant approach the pickup, raise a pistol and shoot her through the closed window.”
Nardine, who has been arrested numerous times since 2010, pulled away from the residence and parked in the middle of a nearby intersection where she “sounded the horn until a passer-by arrived.”
Davis, Sampson and Nardine have all been residents of Norman's Old Silk Stocking neighborhood, an older area north of the University of Oklahoma campus, in recent years.
Back in October, Nardine's shooting rattled some of the neighborhood's residents, who told The Oklahoman they loved living in the historic area but feared it was becoming too rough.
Before the October's shooting, another woman was shot dead just blocks away in an unrelated incident.
Mary Ellyn Benavidez, who was 57, was shot once in the chest by a young man who had been targeting her adult son.
She died in the early hours of Sept. 13, shortly after arriving at Norman Regional Hospital, records show.
Davis' listed address, 207 E Johnson St., has been a frequent destination for Norman police since the start of 2011.
Neighbors also described the one-story home as “high-traffic” and many suspected drug activity was a factor.
Lonnie Crego, who was living near the scene of Nardine's shooting, said at the time that he wasn't surprised to find out a woman had been shot.
At the time, Crego said vandals had just thrown a metal ornament through his RV's window and he complained that he'd had several items stolen from his property.
“A lot of rumors circulate about that place,” Crego said of Davis' house. “Lot of traffic ... lot of people arguing and fighting in the front yard. Lots of cool, entertaining stuff.”
Norman police records show that officers have responded to the Davis' residence 39 times over the past two years.
Reasons for the visits ranged from disturbance calls to warrant service, records show.