Missouri governor’s office confirms Hosier’s execution will take place
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Missouri governor’s office confirms Hosier’s execution will take place


The execution of a man convicted of killing a Jefferson City couple will take place Tuesday, a news release from Gov. Mike Parson’s office confirmed Monday.

David Hosier, 69, was convicted by a jury on October 12, 2013, of first-degree murder, armed criminal action, first-degree burglary and unlawful possession of a firearm. On November 26, 2013, he was sentenced to death.

Hosier is scheduled to be executed Tuesday at 6 p.m. He is accused of murdering Rodney and Angela Gilpin in September 2009. Hosier and Angela Gilpin had an affair but she was trying to reconcile with her husband when the couple was found shot to death in her apartment.

Hosier asked Gov. Mike Parson for clemency in May.

“Ms. Angela Gilpin had her life stolen by David Hosier because he could not accept her when she ended their romantic relationship. He shows no remorse for his senseless violence,” Parson said in the press release. “For these heinous acts, Hosier deserved the maximum sentence under the law. I cannot imagine the pain felt by Angela and Rodney’s loved ones, but I hope that Hosier’s sentence is carried out in accordance with the court order will allow us to turn the page.”

Hosier’s spiritual adviser, Jeff Hood, said he and Hosier would have been more surprised if Parson had granted Hosier clemency because the governor had denied it in the past for others. Hood said Hosier learned he was denied clemency Monday afternoon and accepted his future.

“He’s prepared for what’s to come and he’s a firm believer in God,” Hood said. “He’s tired of being in prison, he’s tired of being in solitary confinement and I think he really believes he’s about to be released.”

Missourians to Abolish the Death Penalty submitted a petition last week with more than 6,000 signatures asking Parson to grant Hosier clemency.

MADP co-director Michelle Hall told ABC 17 News Monday evening that she was disappointed in the governor’s decision to carry out the execution because it doesn’t give people mercy.

Hosier’s execution Tuesday will be the 11th execution under Parson since he became governor in 2018. Four of those cases took place in Mid-Missouri, with Hosier’s marking the fourth.

Ernest Johnson was executed on October 5, 2021, more than 25 years after killing three gas station employees. On June 6, 2023, the state executed Michael Tisius, accused of killing two Randolph County officers in 2000. Most recently, Brian Dorsey was executed in April for killing his cousin Sarah Bonnie and her husband Ben in the county from Callaway in 2006.

All three men begged Parson for mercy.

Hall said she doesn’t believe the decision should be left in the hands of the state, whether or not a person lives or dies.

“When we ask for clemency, we’re not asking the governor to open a door and let a person out,” Hall said. “We are simply asking them to vacate their death sentences and allow them to remain incarcerated like others who have done something similar.”

Hosier previously told The Associated Press that he was not satisfied with the content of the clemency petition. According to the Associated Press, Hosier’s lawyer said there is no appeal pending and says the motion focuses too much on the traumatic event that changed his life at age 16. years – the 1971 murder of his father, an Indiana State Police sergeant.

Hood said Hosier maintains his innocence.

“When you look at the clemency request, those are his lawyers’ words, not necessarily his own,” Hood said. “He doesn’t say he’s changed because he doesn’t feel like he needs to change, he feels like you know, he had nothing to do with the murders of Angie and Rodney Gilpin.”

Information from the Associated Press was used in this article.