Jonesville native, Brad Dosher’s weeklong murder trial ended Friday night at 11:00 p.m. A packed courtroom listened as the jury finding him guilty of second-degree murder of his father, Charlie Dosher. The jury returned the verdict after three hours of deliberating.
The state presented over 100 exhibits during the trail and over 15 witnesses were called to the stand including Brad’s mother, law enforcement officers, DNA experts, and gun experts.
District Attorney, Brad Burget, informed the jury that Dosher had a history of resisting arrest and aggravated assault. Police officers were called to the Dosher residence on at least one prior occasion where Charlie Dosher received lacerations to his head. On January 14, 2017, after Catahoula Parish Sheriff officers arrived, Brad Dosher ran from them and locked himself in a bathroom. Officer Ethan House had to break the door in, and a struggle ensued before Dosher was handcuffed and transported to the Catahoula Parish jail.
The first witness called to the stand was the 911 operator who received the call on January 28, 2018, concerning the death of Charlie Dosher. Carol Dosher was recorded giving the operator her complete address and stated there had been a gun accident to get an ambulance here fast, my husband may be dead.
There were two guns in question during the investigation. A long barrel 4-10 shotgun and a sawed off 4-10 shotgun. Scientific experts concluded that the sawed-off shotgun was used to kill Charlie Dosher. Northeast Louisiana Crime Lab’s firearm examiner, Mike Stelly, testified that the long barrel 4-10 was not fired. An obstruction in the barrel, mud, could have cause a breach and explosion if fired.
Carol Dosher took the stand on Thursday, October 3, when she stated, “I’m going to be honest I have had some memory problems because of a mini stroke. During my interview with detectives on the night of the shooting I was in shock and confused and I don’t know what I told them.” While Ms. Dosher tried to reconstruct the night’s events she stated to the court, “I told Brad to leave the house because he was hysterical and was clinging to me”. Brad Dosher was apprehended on Owen’s Road hours after the shooting.
Martin Regan, Defense Attorney, argued throughout the trail that his client was in a struggle with the victim and the gun accidently went off. Regan also became agitated on numerous times in court and called for a mistrial a total of 47 times.
In a statement given by Sheriff Toney Edwards at the end of the trial he expressed “Even though the judicial system served its purpose and justice was served, I can’t help but feel for the family on both sides of the loss. My prayers go out to the family especially Ms. Carol. The judge and District Attorney’s office did a great job of presenting facts in the case. Our job is to gather evidence and provide it to the state to present to jury and let the judge and jury determine the truth about the conflict.”
“Murder cases are a tragedy.” According to District Attorney Brad Burget, in this situation there are no winners only losers. A man lost his life and another man will be sentenced to life in prison based on the conviction of second-degree murder. Law enforcement officers worked diligently to uncover the truth to be presented to the jury so they can make an informed decision of rather or not Brad Dosher was guilty of second-degree murder.
According to D.A. Burget, “Assistant District Attorney, Austin Lipsey did a wonderful job. Every trial we try together he gets better.”
Sentencing is scheduled for October 24, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. Burget expects a life sentence without the possibility of parole for the charge of second-degree murder. Additional charges Dosher was found guilty for included possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and aggravated flight from an officer will add to Dosher’s time in jail.