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State drops murder charges against Victoria woman

By Jessica Priest
June 7, 2013 at 1:07 a.m.

A Victoria woman who officials say drove the getaway car after a deadly shooting two summers ago will spend two years in prison.

The state dismissed murder and engaging in organized criminal activity charges against Jasmine Nicole Norman, who was part of a group implicated in the shooting July 30, 2011, hours after a fight broke out about beer at a party in the 800 block of Ash Street.

Neighbors found 24-year-old Daniel Davila dead hours later behind a shed in the 900 block of Goldman Street, uninvolved in the initial dispute but apparently caught in the crossfire later.

Norman, 19, pleaded guilty Wednesday to the two lesser counts listed in a August 2011 indictment - deadly conduct discharge of a firearm, a third degree felony.

Police believe Davila bled to death after a gunshot wound to the abdomen, but no weapons were ever recovered. Texas Penal Code sections 7.01 and 7.02 allows Norman to be charged as a party to the discharge of a firearm because she egged on the other shooters and drove everyone to and from the scene in her 1988 yellow Oldsmobile, said Stephen Tyler, the Victoria County Criminal District Attorney.

The offer was the most appropriate for her level of involvement, he said.

"Our contention is that Jasmine Norman knew they were armed," Tyler said. "She is responsible for the other people shooting as if it was her own hands."

Norman's attorney, M.P. "Dexter" Eaves, could not be reached for comment Friday.

Norman's co-defendants Jefferson Hill, 19, and Kia Johnson, 32, are also charged with murder, two counts of engaging in organized criminal activity and two counts of deadly conduct discharge of a firearm. They have plea hearing set for 9 a.m. June 18 before Judge Robert C. Cheshire.



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