Ken Paxton

Monday, August 2, 2010

Texas Court Sentences Alabama Jail Escapee To Life In Prison For 2005 Texas Murder

FAIRFIELD Oscar Roy Doster of Alabama pleaded guilty to murder for his role in the 2005 shooting death of Dennis Courtney, 56, of Oakwood, Texas. A Freestone County court sentenced Doster on Friday to life in prison. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Criminal Prosecutions Division prosecuted the case in conjunction with Freestone County District Attorney Chris Martin.

In March 2005, Doster and fellow inmate James Harnage escaped from the Covington County Jail in Andalusia, Alabama. They were fugitives when they traveled through Texas and burglarized the victim’s ranch in Freestone County. When Courtney discovered them stealing his truck and other property, the victim was struck in the head with a hammer and then fatally shot. Doster was captured in California on April 15, 2005, and later charged with capital murder for his role in Courtney’s death.

At the time of the jail escape, Doster was awaiting trial for the capital murder of an Alabama resident. His Texas prison sentence will be served consecutively with prison sentences in Alabama, which include a life sentence and a death sentence, which is currently on appeal.