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October 24, 2013

Hosier found guilty, may face death penalty

Jury to hear sentencing phase beginning today.

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“In his own words, he tells what he is going to do in (just) a few hours,” Richardson said.

And, around 3 a.m. — when he knew Angie would be leaving for her job as a manager of the BeeLine Convenience Store in Wardsville — Richardson said Hosier stood in the hallway near the front door of her apartment and “sprayed them both (Angie and Rodney) with bullets” from a Sten submachine gun he had assembled from a kit.

Boone County Medical Examiner Carl Stacy — who did the autopsies of both bodies at Cole County’s request — testified Wednesday morning that Angela Gilpin was shot six times, including two shots to her head, and Rodney Gilpin died from three shots in the chest, and also had been hit in his elbow.

Catlett started and ended his closing argument with a video of Highway Patrol Criminalist Todd Garrison attempting to test-fire Hosier’s gun two days after it was recovered from Hosier’s car in Oklahoma — and being frustrated at getting no, or only one, shot fired before another bullet jammed.

Without replaying the second video the jury had seen just a couple hours earlier, Catlett also reminded them that Jefferson City Police Detective Mark Edwards had the same frustrating experience trying to get the gun to fire.

“No reasonable person can believe that that weapon killed Angela Gilpin,” Catlett told the jury, noting she had a concealed-carry permit and a gun in her purse.

“No one stood there with a weapon that misfired like that, time after time after time” with Angie’s being able to pull out her gun and shoot back.

“This is not the gun!” Catlett repeated several times during his 45-minute closing.

The public defender suggested the Gilpins were killed with a 9 mm. handgun, not the submachine gun that also used 9 mm. bullets — but that no one had shown that Hosier had or owned such a handgun.

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