Man charged in 2 Jefferson City killings -

Man charged in 2 Jefferson City killings

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A Jefferson City man was charged Tuesday in the shooting deaths of two people in an apartment near his home, including a woman who authorities said feared she was being stalked.

David Russell Hosier, 54, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Angela Gilpin, 45, of Jefferson City, and Rodney Gilpin, 61, of Hartsburg.

Their bodies were discovered early Monday in the doorway of a two-story apartment building directly in front of Hosier's residence.

A probable cause statement filed by Jefferson City Police Detective Mark Edwards says Angela Gilpin tried for two months to end a relationship with Hosier. The apartment landlord, who previously had employed Hosier as a maintenance worker, told police Angela Gilpin sent him a letter expressing concerns Hosier was stalking her and stating that she wanted to move.

Jefferson City police who went to interview Hosier in Oklahoma, where he was arrested Monday, said he refused to make a statement and authorities said it was unclear whether he had a lawyer.

Cole County prosecutor Mark Richardson said he had not decided Tuesday whether to seek the death penalty.

"We're still working to gather evidence, and that decision will be made at a later time," Richardson said.

Hosier also faces felony charges of burglary, armed criminal action and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. Indiana prison records show Hosier served six years in prison there for battery in the 1990s.

Police said they found loaded guns, a bulletproof vest and documents linking Hosier to Angela Gilpin in Hosier's vehicle.

Hosier remains in Oklahoma, where he was arrested about seven hours after the bodies were discovered shot multiple times. The Cherokee County, Okla., Sheriff Department has said Hosier was being held in the county jail on charges of double homicide, attempting to elude and a hold by the U.S. Marshals.

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