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Hosier murder trial set again

Hosier murder trial set again

June 5th, 2013 in News
Cole County Courthouse

For a third time, court officials in Cole County hope to try a Jefferson City man accused of killing a couple in 2009.

This week, Presiding Judge Pat Joyce announced the murder case of David Hosier would be heard by a jury to be picked in St. Charles County.

The selection process is scheduled to start Oct. 10 and the trial is scheduled to start Oct. 21.

The trial originally was scheduled for January, but was postponed when it was found the jury pool wasn't big enough after prosecutors and Hosier's lawyers had granted hardship requests and made motions to strike jurors from the 125 person pool in Clay County, near Kansas City.

The trial was postponed a second time in April after 300 questioners were sent out in Cass County, also near Kansas City, and not enough jurors responded.

The biggest hurdle in finding a jury is the fact that once the jury is selected, they'll be driven to Cole County to hear the case and be kept here, probably for a week.

Hosier is charged with killing Angie and Rodney Gilpin at about 3:25 a.m. Sept. 28, 2009, because he was upset they were trying to reconcile and restore their 21-year-old marriage.

Rodney was 61 and Angela was 45 when they were killed.

They had separated and were living apart, and family members and police said Angie had developed a relationship with Hosier during that separation.

But she had been trying to end the relationship during the couple of months before her death, police said at the time.

The Gilpins' bodies were found lying in the doorway of Angela's apartment in the 1100 block of West High Street.