Trial underway for OKC pastor charged with murder
OKLAHOMA – Testimony began today in the trial of a metro pastor.
The suspect, Michael Elder, is accused of killing his estranged son-in-law in the driveway of a home along NW 12th, back in February of 2013.
Prosecutors say Michael Elder, a pastor at the Cross Baptist Church, shot 27-year-old Gary Davidson during a domestic dispute over a pick-up truck.
Gary Davidsons ex-wife and Michael Elders daughter April Davidson spoke to the jury today about how scared she was of Gary, calling him crazy and dangerous.
But the prosecution made sure the jury knew there were two sides to her story.
April Davidson claimed towards the end of their relationship Gary was abusive when he used meth, even breaking into her home after they had separated.
April says her dad knew that and that he was the one that changed her locks.
Prosecutors questioned her fear of Gary asking her if he was conveniently scary.
After the alleged abuse the two had sexual relations.
A consultant for Michael Elder’s defense says that doesn’t necessarily prove her fear was not justified.
“That happens typically in domestic violence type situations,” says McKenzie. “That is exactly what we have, an abusive man.”
As an outsider looking in, Judith Chisolm described the days leading up to Gary’s death as full of drama and fighting on both sides.
Her hand drawn map explains how everything played out that day.
As April Davidson and Michael Elder arrived at Gary’s home to return his pick-up truck in exchange for their 2-year-old daughter April says Gary lunged at the moving truck with a “crazed look in his eyes”
But Chisolm didn’t believe April had any reason to be scared.
She just heard Elder saying, “don’t hurt my daughter” and then gunshots.
Despite Chisolm’s testimony McKenzie believes the prosecution has a lot of work to do to prove Michael Elder wasn’t just trying to protect his daughter.
McKenzie says, “If the state doesn’t prove beyond reasonable doubt that he wasn’t acting in defense of his daughter then this jury has a duty to acquit this man.”
Both sides declined to comment Wednesday but we will continue to follow the case as testimony continues.