Just seconds after Special District Judge Carson Brooks denied a last minute defense move to derail Joshua Scott’s preliminary hearing Friday, the lone survivor of the double-shooting took the stand and testified about what took place April 5 inside a northwest side Ardmore residence.
Answering District Attorney Craig Ladd’s questions, a composed Jennifer Alexander said she and Erik Tucker had been “dating off and on for about a year,” and on the evening of April 4 she was visiting Tucker’s C Street NW home. Alexander said Scott and two others were also at the house and the entire group had been cooking dinner.  
“There was a lot of traffic — people coming and going,” Alexander said, adding Scott appeared to be “agitated” and “angry” and had been involved in a fight with another man who was at the house. The witness said she asked to speak privately with Tucker and the two went into the bedroom.
“I was concerned and I was afraid of Josh,” she testified, adding Tucker assured her “he would die” before he allowed Scott to hurt her. “Josh came in — with a gun. He shot Eric. I knew he was going to shoot me … I was sitting on the floor.” Demonstrating her actions she continued, “ I raised my arms… He shot me once in each arm and one in the face,” she said pointing between her eyes to the bridge of her nose.”
Alexander told the judge she lost consciousness and when she came to Scott had fled. She said she  tried to aide Tucker, “I was crying and telling him, ‘Please wake up.’”
From the witness box, Alexander remained calm as she identified Scott as the man who had fired the gun that killed Tucker and left her with critical injuries. But tears came as she confirmed a series of evidence photos police took immediately after arriving on the scene.  
The lone survivor also described her injuries and her laborious recovery. She said she had been airlifted to a Plano, Texas hospital where her nose had been removed. Subsequent surgeries followed. Surgeons used bone from her hip to rebuild her nose. Dental surgery was done to replace the 14 teeth she lost due to the facial wound. She also testified while she had recovered from the gunshot wound to her left arm,  her right arm had been permanently damaged.  
James Gilmartin, Scott’s defense attorney, attempted to challenge Alexander’s testimony. He suggested she identified his client as the shooter because of his multitude of tattoos.
“Why would I call the police because of his tattoos?” Alexander asked Gilmartin.
The attorney also sought to dislodge her testimony by implying her injuries prevented her from remembering what had happened.
“That is incorrect,” Alexander said and rebutted further defense challenges by describing Scott’s clothing on the night of shooting as well as the defendant’s words — calling her a “white b****” while firing the gun at her.
Following Alexander’s testimony the judge halted the proceedings saying he was prepared to bind Scott over on the three charges — first-degree murder, shooting with intent to kill and felonious possession of a firearm after former conviction.
However, after trying to achieve a past-the-deadline waiver of the preliminary hearing just minutes earlier, Gilmartin changed tactics challenging the basis of the first-degree murder charge. The attorney claimed no evidence had been presented showing premeditation or probable cause his client had committed the crime. Ladd rebutted the allegation saying the evidence showed Scott shot and killed Tucker.
“Due to the nature of the physical act … approach and pointing the weapon shows premeditation,” Brooks concluded, overruling Gilmartin.
The judge ordered Scott to appear before District Judge Dennis Morris for formal arraignment March 22.
Scott, who wore leg restraints and handcuffs throughout the proceedings, was immediately removed from the courtroom and returned to the Carter County Detention Center where he has been detained without bond since his arrest April 7.