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Woman accused of threatening multiple women in Norman in court Tuesday

A woman charged with shooting one of her husband's mistresses in the neck in November is due in court for threatening the life of yet another woman she reportedly accused of having an affair with her partner.
by Andrew Knittle Published: February 14, 2013
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Virginia Ruth Davis

“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.

‘High-traffic' residence

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. has disabled the comments for this article.
by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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