Pharos-Tribune

October 19, 2013

Former Logansport man accused in Missouri slayings going to trial

Former Logansport man accused in Missouri slayings.

By Jeff Haldiman and Bob Watson
For the Pharos-Tribune

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The trial of a Jefferson City man accused of killing a couple just over four years ago is scheduled to start Monday.

The murder case of David Hosier, a former resident of Logansport, will be heard by a jury that was picked earlier this month in St. Charles County.

If the jury convicts him on one or both murder charges, Cole County Prosecutor Mark Richardson will seek the death penalty.

The trial originally was scheduled for January, but was postponed after the jury pool in Clay County, north of Kansas City, wasn’t big enough because prosecutors and Hosier’s lawyers had granted hardship requests, and made motions to strike some jurors, from the original 125-person pool.

The trial was postponed a second time in April, after 300 questionnaires were sent out in Cass County, south of Kansas City, and not enough jurors responded.

Hosier, now 58, is charged with killing Angie and Rodney Gilpin at about 3:25 a.m. Sept. 28, 2009, because he was upset they were trying to reconcile and restore their 21-year marriage.

Rodney was 61 and Angela was 45 when they were killed.

They had separated and were living apart, and family members and police said Angie had developed a relationship with Hosier during that separation.

But she had been trying to end the relationship with Hosier — and reconcile with Rodney — during the couple of months before their deaths, police said at the time.

The Gilpins’ bodies were found lying in the doorway of Angela’s apartment in the 1100 block of West High Street.

Hosier was arrested in Oklahoma about 6 1/2 hours after the killings.

He was held in Oklahoma for several weeks before being returned to Missouri, and has spent the rest of the last four years in the Morgan and Cole County jails.

In November 1992, Hosier was accused of holding a woman hostage for several hours while he beat her in Logansport.

He was charged with criminal confinement and felony battery, and plead guilty in March 1993 to the battery charge.

Hosier served almost six years of an eight-year sentence in that case, and was released from prison in February 1999.

While in prison, he asked the court to reduce his sentence, saying his monthly counseling sessions were helping him so that "he better understands himself and is not likely to ever commit another offense of this nature or of any other nature."

Bob Watson and Jeff Haldiman work with the Jefferson City (Mo.) News Tribune.