Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive

Monday, August 13, 2001


Carlton Doughtie scheduled to be executed

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn offers the following information on Jeffery Carlton Doughtie, who is scheduled to be executed after 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2001.

Jeffery Carlton Doughtie was convicted on May 12, 1994 of the brutal beating deaths of Jerry and Sylvia Dean during the course of robbing their antique shop in Corpus Christi. A summary of the evidence presented at trial follows.


Jerry and Sylvia Dean owned and operated an antique shop on South Staples in Corpus Christi. Jerry Dean was 80-years old at the time of his death, and his wife was 76. They had been married for 53 years.

In a written and signed confession, Doughtie stated the motive for the murders was money and drugs. After doing a cocaine "speed ball," on Aug. 2, 1993, Doughtie went to the Dean's antique store to talk to Sylvia, whom Doughtie referred to as Mrs. Golden. Doughtie had previously worked for Sylvia and frequently sold items he had stolen to the antique store. According to Doughtie's confession, Jerry was the only one at the store when he arrived. Doughtie asked Jerry if he had any money, and Jerry informed Doughtie that he would have to wait until Sylvia got back.

When Sylvia arrived, Doughtie told her he needed $30 to get to San Antonio. Sylvia refused, saying she did not have any money. After asking repeatedly, Doughtie left the store with an antique vase. After walking three or four blocks, Doughtie stated he felt he needed more cocaine or heroin. He discarded the vase in bushes, grabbed a piece of metal tubing, and went back to the antique store. Jerry and Sylvia were sitting in rocking chairs when Doughtie arrived.

Doughtie confronted Sylvia, and she told Doughtie she had called the police about the vase. Doughtie threatened Sylvia with the metal tubing, then struck her on the head and turned and hit Jerry on the head several times with the tubing.

An hour later, a nurse shopping in the store next door walked into the antique shop and found the Deans lying on the floor in a pool of blood and moaning in agony. Jerry and Sylvia had been severally beaten and were covered in blood. Jerry died later that evening, and Sylvia died nearly a month later. Jerry had been struck three to five times on the head and his wife Sylvia had been hit five times on the head. The cause of death for both victims was blunt-force injuries to the head and brain.

Doughtie took Sylvia's wedding ring and a gold ring from Jerry. Doughtie also stole some money and rings from Sylvia's purse. When he left the antique shop, Doughtie discarded the metal tubing in a pile of trash. Doughtie traded the jewelry and money for cocaine and heroin.

Two weeks later, after being stopped and questioned about a separate robbery, Doughtie confessed to the antique shop murders. Doughtie took investigators to the area where he discarded the vase and murder weapon, but the investigators where unable to recover either item.


March 3, 1994 - Jeffrey Carlton Doughtie was indicted on two counts of capital murder in the 347th Judicial District Court of Nueces County.

May 12, 1994 - He was found guilty on both counts.

June 9, 1994 - Following a separate punishment hearing, Doughtie was sentenced to death.

April 3, 1996 - The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed Doughtie's conviction and sentence. Doughtie did not petition the U.S. Supreme Court for a writ of certiorari.

Feb. 20, 1998 - The state habeas court (the 347th Judicial District Court of Nueces County) entered findings of fact and conclusion of law and recommended denying habeas corpus relief.

April 8, 1998 - The Court of Criminal Appeals denied relief based on the habeas court's findings and conclusions.

Sept. 8, 1998 - Doughtie filed an amended petition for federal habeas relief in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Corpus Christi Division. Before the state could file an answer to Doughtie's petition for federal habeas relief, he informed the federal district court that he wished to forego federal habeas review. Doughtie also asked that the trial court set an execution date.

Jan. 20, 1999 - A competency hearing was conducted, and the federal district court allowed Doughtie to withdraw his petition. That same day, the state district court set an execution date for March 25, 1999.

March 19, 1999 - The federal district court dismissed Doughtie's petition for federal habeas relief; however, Doughtie informed federal habeas counsel that he had second thoughts, and on the same day, the federal district court reinstated Doughtie's petition for federal habeas relief.

Jan. 25, 2000 - The federal district court denied Doughtie's petition for habeas relief.

April 18, 2000 - The federal district court denied Doughtie's motion for a certificate of appealability.

Nov. 14, 2000 - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit denied Doughtie's motion for certificate of appealability.

April 2, 2001 - Doughtie did not file a timely petition for a writ of certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court, and the U.S. Supreme Court denied Doughtie's motion to file a writ of certiorari out of time.

April 18, 2001 - The trial court scheduled Doughtie's execution for Aug. 16, 2001. Currently there is no litigation pending before any court.


Extensive evidence of prior criminal convictions and history was presented during the punishment phase of Doughtie's capital murder trial. Specifically, Doughtie had prior convictions for furnishing a controlled substance to a prisoner and forgery.

Evidence also established that Doughtie had committed several aggravated robberies and a burglary within a three-week period of the Dean murders. Finally, evidence established that Doughtie was responsible for the Aug. 22, 1993 capital murder of Marie Lozano in Corpus Christi.

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