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Dothan Man Found Not Guilty Of Capital Murder

Rickey Stokes

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Posted by: RStokes
Date: Apr 04 2019 10:21 PM

HOUSTON COUNTY:     This week was Criminal Jury Trials in Houston County Circuit Court.

One case was a Capital Murder case, death penalty case. 

That case was tried before 20th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Larry Anderson. 

Defense Attorney Matt Lamere and Eric Davis represented Rosales. The State was represented by 20th Judicial District Attorney Pat Jones and Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Stanley.

The defendant, Jose Luis Rosales, Sr., charged with Capital Murder in the death of his two year old son, Jose Rosales, Jr.

The two year old child was found dead in the trailer residence of the family off Fortner Street outside the City Limits of Dothan in Houston County. The child was pronounced dead on the scene by the Houston County Coroner.

The Houston County Sheriff Department arrested Rosales on August 22, 2015 and originally charged him with Domestic Violence Assault and a no bond.

Following a autopsy by the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences, the Houston County Sheriff Department upgraded the charges to that of Capital Murder, a death penalty offense. The accusations were Rosales shook his son with violent force. 

A witness said Rosales was outside with his other two children and two year old had a history of climbing from his crib. And that was what happened on August 22, 2015.

Rosales has remained in the Houston County Jail under a no bond since his arrest on August 22, 2015. 

20th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Larry Anderson oversaw the selection of 12 jurors plus alternates on Monday. The trial actually kicked off on Tuesday with opening statements and witness testimony on Tuesday.

Today the case closed with closing arguments and jury deliberations.

After deliberations, the jury of 12 returned a verdict of Guilty of Manslaughter. That offense carries a minimum of two years to a maximum of 20 years. 

Rosales was not found guilty of Capital Murder, the original offense. 

The defense contended that if Rosales was guilty of anything it was Manslaughter.

No sentence has been handed down at this time.


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