High court says no to Doster case

Published 2:07 am Saturday, June 16, 2018

The Alabama Supreme Court has declined to review the death penalty case of Oscar Roy Doster, who is on the state’s death row in Holman Prison for a 2002 Covington County murder.

According to its weekly order list issued Friday, the Alabama Supreme Court has denied Doster’s writ of certiorari, a request to review the case.

Doster was convicted of the 2002 murder of Paul LeMaster in Covington County, which happened while he and three other men were on the run after escaping the county jail. He was arrested, but broke out again and killed a man in Texas in 2005, court records show. He pleaded guilty in the Texas case, and was sentenced to life in prison.

Forgotten the details? Here’s a recap of the case.

The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals upheld Doster’s conviction in 2010.

In 2011, the Alabama Supreme Court quashed a motion for a new trial filed by the Equal Justice Initiative in Doster’s behalf.

The state’s high court also on Friday declined to review the cases of James Ben Brownfield, convicted of killing his sister, brother-in-law and 3-year-old great-nephew on Christmas Eve in 2001, and Nicholas Bernard Acklin and two other men were convicted in the fatal shootings of four people in Huntsville in 1996.