Doster Alabama-bound today

Published 12:05 am Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Two-time convicted murderer Oscar Roy Doster is set to return to Alabama today.

Doster and fellow Covington County escapee James Darran Harnage have faced the Texas judicial system for the April 2005 death of Oakwood, Texas, rancher Dennis Courtney. Both pleaded guilty.

Harnage was the first to accept a plea deal for the Texas incident. In exchange for agreeing to testify against Doster, Harnage was allowed to plead guilty to aggravated robbery. He was later sentenced to 40 years in prison before the possibility of parole for the crime.

The Freestone County (Texas) Press reported Harnage was transported back to Alabama under heavy guard on Saturday. He is currently listed on the state Department of Corrections’ Web site as an inmate at the William E. Donaldson Correctional Facility in Jefferson County, a maximum-security facility, where he will serve out a life sentence after pleading guilty to the escape from the county jail.

As for Doster, he will be transported back to Holman Correctional Facility near Atmore today, The Freestone County (Texas) Press reported.

In “an emotionally-charged sentencing hearing” Friday, Doster did not speak before being sentenced to life in prison – a sentence that is set to run consecutive to the Alabama death penalty he received for the 2003 shooting death of Gantt resident Paul LeMaster.

On the same day as Doster was officially sentenced in Texas, the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals upheld his conviction in the LeMaster death and affirmed Judge Ashley McKathan’s decision to sentence Doster to death, overriding the jury’s recommendation for life in prison without the possibility of parole.