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Pavatt's daughter testifies at hearing Daily Oklahoman ^ | 2002-06-13 | Diana Baldwin

Posted on 06/13/2002 6:37:03 AM PDT by MizSterious

Pavatt's daughter testifies at hearing

By Diana Baldwin
The Oklahoman

The daughter of murder defendant James Pavatt testified Wednesday she thought she was helping her father flee to Argentina so he could avoid being tried in the death of his girlfriend's husband.

Janna Larson, Pavatt's 26-year-old daughter, said her father told her he and his co-defendant, Brenda Andrew, believed they were going to be arrested in the death of her husband, Rob Andrew, after his funeral Nov. 26.

Pavatt denied to her that he killed Rob Andrew, she said.

Larson testified she was concerned Nov. 21, the morning after the slaying, because her father earlier told her that Brenda Andrew had asked him or his friends to kill Rob Andrew.

The victim was fatally shot at his wife's home at 6112 Shaftsbury Road when he went to pick up the couple's two children for the Thanksgiving holiday. Brenda Andrew was hit once in the left arm with a .22-caliber bullet. She said two masked men shot them.

Brenda Andrew, 38, and Pavatt, 48, are charged with first-degree murder.

Pavatt, Brenda Andrew and her two children disappeared Nov. 25. Pavatt and Brenda Andrew were arrested Feb. 28 in Hidalgo, Texas, as they attempted to re- enter the United States from Mexico.

Larson is expected to finish testifying July 9.

Larson testified she received 15 to 25 telephone calls from her father after he left Oklahoma City. She said he wanted money for a variety of reasons.

Pavatt told her he needed $5,000 because they had been captured by a country he didn't name, she said.

During other calls, Larson said, Pavatt told her he needed money because Brenda Andrew was going to kill herself and her children. On another call he said they needed money for direct flights to Oklahoma City because they had learned the identity of the killers. Another time, Pavatt said one of the Andrews' children had been murdered, Larson testified.

Larson said she learned her father was lying when she heard both children laughing in the background during a later call.

She said she agreed to work with the FBI to find her father. They gave her a cell phone for her father to call so agents could monitor the calls.

They transferred money -- the FBI's money -- to her father twice.

Larson repeatedly denied questions by Mike Arnett, Pavatt's attorney, that she went to the FBI because she wanted the $15,000 reward money for their arrests.

On New Year's Eve, the defendants were wired $120 in Cancun, Mexico. They had requested $1,200.

Larson said the FBI agents didn't want to send a large amount of money.

The defendants got mad when the small amount of money arrived and demanded the rest of the cash be wired, Larson said.

Larson, a banker, testified she opened an $82,000 money market account for Brenda Andrew before she filed for divorce Oct. 3. She said Brenda Andrew used her father's post office box for an address on the account until she filed for divorce.

Brenda Andrew and Pavatt asked Larson to transfer $35,000 from their accounts before they left Oklahoma, she said.

Pavatt threatened to kill Larson, her 5-year-old daughter and her mother -- his first ex-wife -- when he accused her of leaking information to the news media, she testified.

Pavatt told his daughter about his 25-month affair with Brenda Andrew in August, she said.

"Dad said they started out being friends and teaching a Sunday school class," Larson testified. "He said Brenda would rub his arm in church and they started doing more and more."

Pavatt talked about going to parties and dinners at the Andrews' home, Larson testified.

"He told me they would kiss in the kitchen when Rob was in the other room," Larson said.

Pavatt and Brenda Andrew were married to other people at that time. Pavatt told his daughter that they each planned to get a divorce, get married and have a baby, the daughter testified.

In August, Larson asked her father if he was worried about the Andrew children --Tricity, then 10, and Parker, then 7, -- telling Rob Andrew about Pavatt's relationship with their mother.

"He said, no, that Brenda has them trained very well and they would never tell Rob," Larson said.

Larson admitted she called Rob Andrew twice, telling him he needed to go to the Norman Regional Hospital because his wife was there.

Testimony has been Rob Andrew received three similar phone calls -- one from a man and two from a woman -- shortly after the brake lines were cut on his car.

Larson said she made the calls because her father asked her.

"He said Brenda was flipping out," Larson said. "He said he couldn't call because he was having an affair with his wife."

The daughter testified Pavatt warned her several times never to admit she made those phone calls.

Larson told the judge her father borrowed her car the night of the slaying. She said she found a bullet in the middle of the front passenger floorboard when the car was returned.

In other testimony, Dean Gigstad, the Andrews' next door neighbor, testified that when he and his wife returned home from a trip they discovered someone had been in their home.

Gigstad said Brenda Andrew had a key to their home and had been asked to pick up the mail and paper while they were gone.

A spent shotgun shell was on the floor next to the closet door in the guest room. His wife's shoe rack had been broken and stuffed under the bed in the room that faced the Andrews' home, he said.

Police found three .22-caliber bullets in the attic, Gigstad testified.

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Oklahoma
KEYWORDS: andrew; brenda; murder; oklahomacity; pavatt

Andrew's loverstestify in hearing

By Diana Baldwin
The Oklahoman

A former lover of murder defendant Brenda Andrew testified Wednesday she said she wished her husband was dead because she didn't want to go through a divorce.

James Higgins, one of two men who admitted to having an affair with Brenda Andrew in court Wednesday, said she accused her husband of being mentally and emotionally abusive.

"She didn't like to go to dinner with him," Higgins said the defendant told him. "She said she couldn't stand to look at him."

Higgins said he became enticed by Andrew, whom he said wore sexy clothes and flirted with him when he worked at a northwest Oklahoma City grocery store.

They became lovers for 16 months, Higgins testified as his wife of 31 years sat in the courtroom.

"Basically, she came into the store looking real nice and sexy ... low-cut tops and short skirts," Higgins said. "She was flirting and rubbing against me.

"One day she brought me a motel key. She said meet me there. I was shocked."

Brenda Andrew, 38, and co-defendant James Pavatt, 48, are charged with first- degree murder for the Nov. 20 killing of her estranged husband, Rob Andrew, an Oklahoma City advertising executive.

Rob Andrew, 39, was shot twice with a shotgun when he arrived at his wife's home to pick up their children for the Thanksgiving weekend. His wife was hit once by a .22-caliber bullet. She said two masked men shot them.

Brenda Andrew, Pavatt and her children later disappeared. They were arrested Feb. 29 in Hidalgo, Texas, as they attempted to re-enter the United States from Mexico.

The Andrews filed for divorce Oct. 3.

More preliminary hearing testimony about the defendants' relationships will continue Monday in Oklahoma County District Court before Special District Judge Carol Ann Hubbard. The hearing is expected to last through June 12.

District Attorney Wes Lane said he expects to call 15 to 20 witnesses.

Higgins testified he ended the affair in May 2001 when Andrew told him "it wasn't fun any more." He said he continued to be her friend and was hired to do construction and refurbishing work around her house.

In September, Higgins said he helped Rob Andrew move clothing out of the house when he went to pick up his final payment for a $14,000 deck he and his two sons built in her back yard.

Higgins testified Brenda Andrew told him she didn't want to be without money because she didn't want to work and leave her children.

She was upset because Rob Andrew was going to have their children for the Thanksgiving holiday, Higgins testified.

Rick Nunley, her second lover to testify Wednesday, and Higgins attended the Andrews' divorce proceedings at the request of the defendant in October.

They both talked to her the day after the killing, they said.

Higgins said he told his wife about the affair the day after Rob Andrew died and then contacted police. He said he called Brenda Andrew, telling her he confessed to his wife and not to ever call him again.

Nunley said the last time he talked to Brenda Andrew was when she called asking for help contacting her sister, Kim Bowlin, and her attorney, Greg McCracken.

"She said she had important attorney papers for the children and a written confession in the suitcases," Nunley testified.

No confession has been discovered by investigators or prosecutors.

Nunley said he became friends with the Andrews when his former wife, Cynthia, worked with the defendant at an Oklahoma City bank about 10 years ago. He said his affair with Andrew began in October 1997, while she was still married but after she had filed for divorce. The affair ended in the spring of 1998.

Nunley, who smiled at Andrew as he took the witness stand, testified he wasn't convinced Andrew could have killed her husband.

1 posted on 06/13/2002 6:37:03 AM PDT by MizSterious
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To: FresnoDA; spectre; Jaded; theirjustdue; Admin Moderator
This is an interesting case locally, and it promises to be even more explosive than what we've seen so far.

I invite you to listen to the 911 call she made here. Comparisons with other calls you might have heard are natural, but please move discussions of any other cases, particularly one I cannot name here, to other threads.

Admin Moderator: please note I am trying to follow the letter and the spirit of the rules spelled out to me by the Admin Moderator. Anyone discussing any other case on this thread does so despite my express request to discuss this case only.

2 posted on 06/13/2002 6:49:11 AM PDT by MizSterious
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To: MizSterious
Hi Miz! Goood to see ya, girl!

It's hard for me to discuss this case with you, first because I can't bring up the 911 tapes on my WEB TV, but also we'd have to make some comparisons, and well...dang it!

You know, I keep thinking there was an honest mistake in banning you from ALL Van Dam threads for life, I think maybe just a week, but the wording might have gotten confused in the heat of the moment.

That happens all the time on the forum.


3 posted on 06/13/2002 7:08:54 AM PDT by spectre
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To: MizSterious
Is this woman a way-too-bleached-store-bought-blonde? I'd seen a segment on TV about this. She took the kids and took of the day of the funeral. Didn't know she had and entire stable of lovers.
4 posted on 06/13/2002 7:24:38 AM PDT by Jaded
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To: Jaded
Actually, she's a rather mousey looking brunette.

Of course, Brenda Andrew is just a victim--a widow--and worthy of all our sympathy, right? ;) And lifestyle should not play a part in this investigation, right? ;) I mean, what Brenda Andrew did in the privacy of her bedroom (or any of her apparently many lovers' bedrooms) is no one's business but hers, right? ;)

5 posted on 06/13/2002 7:28:47 AM PDT by MizSterious
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To: spectre
The link I included is to a whole page of info, including the 911 tapes and previous stories about the case. I am still looking for transcripts of the 911 tapes. One of the OKC news agencies might have posted them. One of the things she repeats is "oh my God" several times. She breathes heavily when the 911 op is on the line; when she's put on hold, though, the breathing miraculously returns to normal--and resumes the heavy breathing with the op comes back on the line. She evidently didn't realize that even though she was on hold, the recording continued. If I find the transcripts, though, I'll post them.
6 posted on 06/13/2002 7:33:42 AM PDT by MizSterious
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To: MizSterious
OMG...I hope there wasn't any insurance money and she didn't make the mistake of buying a BMW? Hummmmm


7 posted on 06/13/2002 7:40:46 AM PDT by spectre
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To: spectre
Insurance money--oh yeah. However, if memory serves, I believe he'd just changed his policies to cut her out. She missed out by mere days.
8 posted on 06/13/2002 7:43:43 AM PDT by MizSterious
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To: MizSterious
She started the affair "at church"? Sunday school class? Is there no safe haven?


9 posted on 06/13/2002 7:48:45 AM PDT by spectre
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To: spectre
Unable to find 911 transcripts--even the tapes weren't online until just the other day. But yes, one of the many affairs began at church.
10 posted on 06/13/2002 7:58:07 AM PDT by MizSterious
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To: MizSterious


11 posted on 06/13/2002 8:01:55 AM PDT by spectre
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To: MizSterious
Howdy...there is an interesting thread going a few doors down. Written by an FBI type. Come join in....Huggzz/Kisses/LOL
12 posted on 06/13/2002 12:07:08 PM PDT by FresnoDA
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