State Supreme Court upholds death sentence for Jefferson City man

1 month 2 weeks 20 hours ago Tuesday, December 10 2019 Dec 10, 2019 Tuesday, December 10, 2019 9:36:00 PM CST December 10, 2019 in News
By: Melody Cox, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COLUMBIA - The Supreme Court of Missouri unanimously upheld a death sentence ruling Tuesday against a Jefferson City man who killed two people in 2009.

The ruling is against David Hosier, who was convicted of first-degree murder, armed criminal action, first-degree burglary and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.

According to previous KOMU 8 reporting, Hosier was convicted in 2013 for shooting his ex-lover, Angela Gilpin, four years earlier. He was also charged in the murder of Angela's husband, Rodney Gilpin, but wasn't convicted in that crime.

The an appellate court heard his appeal of the sentencing in April 2019. 

At the time, his attorney called the evidence in the case "circumstantial." 

According to previous KOMU 8 reporting, Hosier and his lawyer, Amy Bartholow, appealed the punishment phase of his sentencing by arguing he had inefficient counsel at his original trial, and that his mental health was not taken into consideration in the original trial.

Another reason for Hosier's appeal was a stroke he suffered in 2007 that his attorney said affected his brain and increased his depression, leading him to commit the murders.

"It shows that David's brain is dead in places, it is significantly damaged," said Bartholow. "That stroke had an effect on making his depressive symptoms that much worse." 

Missouri Assistant State Attorney General Greg Barnes refuted the claim back in 2019. He said the previous lawyer had Hosier's family members testify about his mental health. He also cited other events prior to 2007 that demonstrate Hosier's violent tendencies prior to his stroke.

If Hosier decides to appeal the State Supreme Court's ruling, he has 15 days to file a motion.

Hosier is currently being held at Potosi Correction Center in Mineral Point.

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