NORMAN, Okla. (KFOR) — A probable cause affidavit is revealing how a Norman man was allegedly murdered inside his apartment last week.
According to Norman police, 63-year-old James Hawkins was allegedly shot to death inside his apartment at 3001 Pheasant Run Road earlier this month.
“There was some blood outside of the apartment and some blood on the door to the apartment,” Sarah Jensen, a spokesperson for Norman PD, said. "Investigators were able to develop a lead in regards to a person of interest. That information was put out to the public."
Thanks to a tip, police were able to track down Davante Hunter and take him into custody.
“They were acquaintances. Both lived in the apartment complex and they probably frequently saw each other, potentially interacted,” Jensen said.
According to the probable cause affidavit, their interaction on December 1st took a deadly turn.
Hunter told investigators that he was at Hawkins’ apartment and they got into an argument. He said the fight escalated and Hawkins had a firearm and a “billy club.”
Hunter told police, according to the affidavit, that he took the billy club from Hawkins, hit him in the leg and then in the hand, causing Hawkins to drop the gun.
“The suspect then told investigators that he picked up the gun and shot the victim and then left the apartment with the weapon,” Jensen said.
Then, Hunter told police he threw the gun in a creek where investigators later found it.
“Thanks to the help of community members or someone that knew about this individual’s whereabouts, they reported that information, we were about to quickly get this person into custody, speak with investigators and ultimately determine he was the one responsible for this incident,” Jensen said.
On Wednesday, first-degree murder charges were filed against Hunter.
He is in the DeWayne Beggs Detention Center on a $5 million bond.