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December 3, 2012

LHS grad faces murder trial in Missouri

Area witnesses may be called to testify

LOGANSPORT — The Missouri murder trial for a Logansport High School graduate may include witness testimony from Cass County.

Fifty-seven-year-old David Hosier awaits a Jan. 14 trial in the death of 45-year-old Angela Gilpin, and her 61-year-old husband, Rodney Gilpin in Jefferson City, Mo. Prosecutor Mark Richardson was in the Cass County last week to depose witnesses from a 1992 Logansport assault, for which Hosier was convicted.

Hosier was arrested in September 2009, about 8 hours after the death of his former lover and her husband. Hosier is accused of using a 9mm to kill the couple.

Hosier faces six felony counts: two counts of murder, two counts of armed criminal action and single counts of burglary and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Richardson said the prosecution has filed a notice of intent to seek the death penalty, partly based on Hosier’s last conviction.

“We filed it on the basis of the prior 1992 battery felony conviction from Indiana as well as the fact this murder involved two individuals,” Richardson said.  

The other sentencing option for Missouri murder cases is life in prison without parole.

In 1992, Hosier was convicted for holding a woman hostage and beating her for several hours. He served six years of an eight-year sentence.

Hosier’s father, Indiana State Police Detective Glen Hosier, was killed in April 1971 while in pursuit of a murder suspect.

On behalf of the defense attorneys, Richardson said he spent about two days in Cass County, deposing the victim of the battery and two law enforcement officers who were deputies at the time. He also deposed two other witnesses who were unrelated to the incident.

He said the both the state and the defense would likely use some of the witnesses in the trial.

“It is probable that two of them will be asked to testify in the trial,” Richardson said.

If Hosier is found guilty of the murder, the trial will progress into a second phase, during which time the state will ask the jury to impose the death penalty. The witnesses would likely play a role in the second phase of the trial, Richardson said.

Hosier has remained in jail without bond since his arrest in 2009, Richardson said.

Richardson said the case has been progressing but was encumbered by the court caseloads and the caseloads of the two public defenders who represent Hosier.

“The case has moved forward much too slowly for the victims’ family as they always do,” Richardson said.

The trial is set to take place in Cole County Circuit Court in Jefferson City, where it is set to last two weeks.

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