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Texas courts to try Doster for 2nd murder

Trial proceedings will begin July 19 in the Texas murder case of convicted Covington County murderer Oscar Roy Doster.

Doster and James D. Harnage are each charged with the capital murder of Texas resident Dennis Courtney following an escape in March 2005 from the Covington County Jail. The escape was Doster’s second from the county jail.

Late last week, Thomas Kelley of the Texas Attorney General’s office said presentation of evidence in the case is scheduled to begin Sept. 7 in Freestone County, Texas.

A total of 350 people have been called as potential jurors in the case, and the jury selection process is expected to last three to four weeks. It is expected that, in addition to a 12-person jury, four alternates will also be selected.

“Death penalty cases require individual voir dire (or questioning) of prospective jurors,” Kelley said. “Our attorney will be talking to several jurors each day until a jury is picked. It is time-consuming, yes.”

In additional to individual questioning, each potential juror will be required to fill out an extensive questionnaire, all of which will take several days to process.

Reports from The Freestone County Times indicate Doster made his final pretrial appearance under heavy escort Thurs., June 24. Doster’s counsel had made previous attempts to have the case dismissed, claiming a violation under the federal Interstate Agreement on Detainers Act (IADA), which requires trial within 120 days of arriving in a “receiving state.” The claim was initially upheld; however, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals later denied that claim in March.

Before extradition to Texas, Doster was housed in the Holman Correctional Facility after being sentenced to death by lethal injection for the 2002 death of Gantt resident Paul LeMaster following his first escape from the county jail. Fellow escapee Bobby O’Lee Phillips also was found guilty of murder in the LeMaster case.

In a second escape from the county jail on March 30, 2005, Doster and fellow escapee Harnage stole a car from Kirk’s Funeral Home and fled the county. The two are accused of killing Dennis Courtney, 56, of Oakwood, Texas, on April 6, 2005.

Courtney’s family members told The Star-News in a 2005 interview they believe Doster and Harnage killed Courtney, then helped themselves to his food, beer and personal belongings before stealing vehicles.

Doster was captured in California on April 15, 2005, after walking into a gas station and asking for help for injuries he said he received in a motorcycle crash.

Harnage was caught in Las Vegas on April 23, 2005, in possession of Courtney’s Ford pickup truck. He later pled guilty to escape and was sentenced to life in prison.

Harnage’s attorney filed an appeal similar to Doster’s in Texas; however, it too was denied, and no trial date has been set.

A third inmate who escaped with Doster and Harnage in 2005, Darrell Ray Henry, was apprehended a few days after the escape. He received a 19-year sentence after pleading guilty to second-degree escape.

The Department of Corrections does not list him as currently incarcerated in the Alabama Prison System.



http://www.andalusiastarnews.com/2010/07/06/texas-courts-to-try-doster-for-2nd-murder/
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Re: Jury Selection Begins for Oscar Roy Dosters Texas Murder Trial
« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2010, 12:06:13 PM »
Harnage gets Texas plea

Fellow escapee and murder suspect James Harnage has made a plea deal to testify against Oscar Roy Doster in the pair’s Texas murder case.

Wednesday, Harnage pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of aggravated robbery for his role in the 2005 shooting death of Dennis Courtney, 56, of Oakwood, Texas.

The two were each charged with capital murder following their March 2005 escape from the Covington County Jail. They stole a car from Kirk’s Funeral Home and fled the county.

The Palestine (Texas) Herald reported Thursday, Courtney was shot and beaten in the head with a hammer on his Texas ranch. He was found dead on the morning of April 7, 2005, one day after his wife had reported him missing, according to Freestone County sheriff’s authorities.

Missing from his property were a one-ton Ford pickup, a four-wheeler and firearms, authorities said.

At the time of his escape, Doster was awaiting trial for the murder of Gantt resident Paul LeMaster. He later was captured in California on April 15, 2005, after walking into a gas station and asking for help for injuries he said he received in a motorcycle crash. It was later discovered that Doster was involved in a four-wheeler accident, and California authorities were able to link him to Courtney’s death.

Doster has since been found guilty and sentenced to death by lethal injection in Alabama for LeMaster’s death.

Harnage was caught in Las Vegas on April 23, 2005, in possession of Courtney’s Ford pickup truck. He later pleaded guilty to escape and was sentenced to life in prison in Alabama.

During Wednesday’s proceeding, Harnage told the court that he participated in the theft of property, but did not directly participate in Courtney’s murder.

As part of his plea agreement with the state, Harnage will testify in Doster’s upcoming capital murder trial at the Freestone County Courthouse in Fairfield. In exchange for that testimony, the state and Harnage agreed to a 40-year sentence on the lesser-included offense of aggravated robbery.

For Harnage’s co-defendant, Doster, the trial process is just beginning.

The Texas murder charge against Doster was initially dismissed in January 2009 after the 10th Court of Appeals voted, 2-1, that the federal Interstate Agreement on Detainers (IADA) was violated when the Alabama man was not tried on the murder charge within 120 days of being extradited to Texas. That claim was denied in March by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

Jury selection in Doster’s capital murder trial will begin Monday in Fairfield, Texas. It could take up to four weeks to seat the 12-person jury and four alternates.

A total of 350 persons have been called as potential jurors in the case. In addition to individual questioning, each potential juror will be required to fill out an extensive questionnaire, all of which will take several days to process.

Trial proceedings are expected to begin Sept. 7 in Fairfield.

http://www.andalusiastarnews.com/2010/07/16/harnage-gets-texas-plea/

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Re: Oscar Roy Doster AL DR Pleads Guilty in 2005 TX Murder
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2010, 10:22:22 PM »
Plea Deal In Area Rancher's Murder Spares Fugitive 2nd Death Sentence ---- An Alabama death row inmate agreed to a plea deal Tuesday in the murder of a Central Texas rancher that will keep him off Texas death row.


Alabama death row inmate Oscar Roy Doster, 35, agreed to a plea deal Tuesday in the murder of a Freestone County rancher that will keep him off Texas death row.

Doster accepted the plea deal as a jury was being selected for his capital murder trial.

He’s accused of killing rancher Dennis Courtney, 56, who was shot to death in April 2005 at his ranch off of U.S. Highway 79, about a mile and a half east of Oakwood.

Prosecutors say Doster and an accomplice, James Harnage, both of whom had broken out of the Covington County Jail in Andalusia, Ala., a week earlier, took Courtney’s pickup truck and other items from the ranch after shooting the rancher in the back.

Harnage pleaded guilty earlier this month to aggravated robbery in exchange for his testimony in Doster's trial.

He was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

They were both arrested in late April 2005.

Doster first stood trial in 2006 in Alabama for the November 2002 murder of Paul LeMaster of Gantt, Ala. after an earlier escape from the same jail.

He was sentenced to die for that killing.

(source: KWTX News)


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Re: AL CCA Upholds Conviction for Oscar Roy Doster AL DR in 2003 Murder
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2010, 10:47:05 AM »
Doster conviction upheld


The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals on Friday upheld Oscar Roy Doster's Covington County Circuit Court capital murder conviction for the 2003 death of Gantt resident Paul LeMaster.

Doster was convicted of capital murder in 2006 following 2-week trial. The jury recommended a sentence of life without parole, but Circuit Judge Ashley McKathan overrode the jury in a separate sentence hearing and imposed the death penalty. In a 146-page opinion, the appellate court affirmed McKathan's decision almost 4 years after it was handed down.

The appellate ruling came on the same day that Doster officially was sentenced by a Texas judge to life in prison there for the murder of Dennis Courtney. Earlier this week, 2 days into jury selection for the Texas murder trial, Doster pleaded guilty in exchange for a life sentence. If the case had gone to trial he could have been sentenced to death in Texas, as well.

Covington County District Attorney Greg Gambril said he fully expects Doster’s local case to be appealed to the Alabama Supreme Court.

"This was a big first step," Gambril said. "With each step, the burden increases on the defendant."

(source: Andalusia News)


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Re: AL CCA Upholds Conviction for Oscar Roy Doster AL DR in 2003 Murder
« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2010, 09:09:51 AM »
Doster Alabama-bound today

Two-time convicted murderer Oscar Roy Doster is set to return to Alabama today.

Doster and fellow Covington County escapee James Darran Harnage have faced the Texas judicial system for the April 2005 death of Oakwood, Texas, rancher Dennis Courtney. Both pleaded guilty.

Harnage was the first to accept a plea deal for the Texas incident. In exchange for agreeing to testify against Doster, Harnage was allowed to plead guilty to aggravated robbery. He was later sentenced to 40 years in prison before the possibility of parole for the crime.

The Freestone County (Texas) Press reported Harnage was transported back to Alabama under heavy guard on Saturday. He is currently listed on the state Department of Corrections’ Web site as an inmate at the William E. Donaldson Correctional Facility in Jefferson County, a maximum-security facility, where he will serve out a life sentence after pleading guilty to the escape from the county jail.

As for Doster, he will be transported back to Holman Correctional Facility near Atmore today, The Freestone County (Texas) Press reported.

In “an emotionally-charged sentencing hearing” Friday, Doster did not speak before being sentenced to life in prison – a sentence that is set to run consecutive to the Alabama death penalty he received for the 2003 shooting death of Gantt resident Paul LeMaster.

On the same day as Doster was officially sentenced in Texas, the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals upheld his conviction in the LeMaster death and affirmed Judge Ashley McKathan’s decision to sentence Doster to death, overriding the jury’s recommendation for life in prison without the possibility of parole.

http://www.andalusiastarnews.com/2010/08/04/so-you-think-youre-hot-compared-to-some-youre-probably-not/