Missouri Supreme Court denies death row inmate’s appeal

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Supreme Court judges have denied a death row inmate’s appeal.David Hosier was sentenced to death for killing Angela Gilpin in 2009. The 64-year-old had a relationship with Gilpin while she was separated from her husband, who also was shot to death in her Jefferson City apartment.Hosier claims that his trial attorney did a poor job. He also says that the trial judge had a conflict of interest.

Supreme Court judges disagreed. They wrote in a Tuesday ruling that Hosier’s trial attorney made reasonable decisions.

Judges also disputed Cole County Circuit Judge Patricia Joyce was biased. Hosier claimed she should have recused herself because she prosecuted a case to get back child support that an ex-husband owed Gilpin decades earlier.

Supreme Court judges wrote no reasonable person would see even an appearance of impropriety in the trial judge later presiding over Hosier’s case.

A public defender for Hosier did not immediately return an Associated Press request for comment Tuesday.

WebReadyTM Powered by WireReady® NSI