Doster, Phillips arraigned

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 29, 2003

Oscar Roy Doster and Bobby O'Lee Phillips, who are facing charges ranging from capital murder to numerous burglary charges from a series of incidents starting with their escape from the Covington County Jail last November, were recently arraigned.

Both Doster and Phillips were arraigned on April 16 and both subjects are facing 23 various criminal charges including the alleged murder of Gantt resident Paul LeMaster last Nov. 6.

In the order filed by Circuit Judge M. Ashley McKathan on April 18, regarding Doster, it was ordered and adjudged by the court that Covington County Sheriff Anthony Clark remove Doster from the custody of the Alabama Department of Corrections to the Covington County Jail no later than 11 a.m. on June 18 for hearings.

In a previous order, filed back in March, it was stated that Doster must be removed from the Department of Corrections to the Covington County Jail no later than April 16 at 9 a.m. for the appointment of circuit court counsel and arraignments.

While Doster has been ordered to return to Covington County for hearings on May 9 and June 18, a date has yet to be determined for hearings regarding Phillips.

Copies of the April 18 hearing were also ordered to be issued to Covington County District Attorney Eugenia Loggins, Clark, Doster Attorneys Lloyd Carr and Al Smith and Doster.

During the early morning hours of Nov. 4, 2002, Doster and Phillips, along with Charles Meeks and Michael Barbaree, escaped from the Covington County Jail through a ventilation system.

Barbaree was arrested shortly afterward and Meeks turned himself in to authorities.

After a two-week search, Phillips and Doster were both located in Ozona, Texas.

During the two-week search several businesses reported burglaries and according to law enforcement officials Phillips and Doster are believed to have played a possible role in some of those incidents.

At the time of the search then-Gov. Don Siegelman offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the capture of Doster and Phillips. A reward of $1,000 was also being offered by the Covington County Sheriff's Posse.

Doster, 27, of Andalusia was initially serving time before the escape for assault, criminal mischief and harassment while Phillips, 39, of Opp, had been convicted of several burglary charges.

Criminal charges which Doster and Phillips both face include escape in the first degree, burglary in the first degree, capital murder, criminal mischief and theft of property.