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AliVada
05-12-2011, 05:36 PM
http://www.wtaw.com/2011/05/12/ne-texas-house-fire-investigated-as-homicide/

Amanda Doss 34 and her two kids - Appears to be Homicide then Arson

Please post any information you can find.

Thanks,

Kathy

AliVada
05-13-2011, 12:26 AM
http://www.ksla.com/story/14637187/fatal-fire-is-officially-a-homicide-investigation-in-bowie-county

More, so very sad

AliVada
05-13-2011, 10:03 AM
Found a reference to this Ted Stampley in the comments of one of the news articles .. I wonder if this is the same Amanda Doss?

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Ted_Sampley

It is my distant cousin who is the father of Texas Johnson and he had a heart attack upon hearing the news of their deaths and is in the hospital? I am so very curious who might have killed this family. You always suspect ex husbands and spouses, I sure hope that isnt the case here.

Any sleuthing would be appreciated - I am just not as good as some here.

Thanks,

Kathy in Texas

AliVada
05-13-2011, 10:05 AM
http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Amanda_P._Doss

AliVada
05-14-2011, 01:54 PM
http://www.ksla.com/story/14644713/father-of-redwater-texas-triple-homicide-speaks-out

Brad interviewed

Ruflossn
05-16-2011, 06:01 PM
Found a reference to this Ted Stampley in the comments of one of the news articles .. I wonder if this is the same Amanda Doss?

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Ted_Sampley

It is my distant cousin who is the father of Texas Johnson and he had a heart attack upon hearing the news of their deaths and is in the hospital? I am so very curious who might have killed this family. You always suspect ex husbands and spouses, I sure hope that isnt the case here.

Any sleuthing would be appreciated - I am just not as good as some here.

Thanks,

Kathy in Texas


Hi Kathy ~
From what I have been able to learn, this is the same Amanda Doss. I have been told how her daughter was murdered but, have not heard if Amanda and Texas were killed in the same manner. This does not appear to be a random crime. I hope whoever did this is caught - quickly.

jrc
05-19-2011, 09:24 AM
http://www.democrats.com/node/9318

jrc
05-19-2011, 10:13 AM
I remember reading about this way back then.


[I]Although jurors sided with Palestine officers, the lawsuit was settled to avoid a prolonged appeals process

By LISA BOSE McDERMOTT
Texarkana Gazette

The long court battle between a pair of Texarkana siblings and the Palestine, Texas, Police Department has ended in a $75,000 settlement, court records show.


Amanda and Bryan Prewett sued the City of Palestine, its police department and one if its officers, Anderson County and an Anderson County sheriff’s deputy for violating their civil rights.

The suit was brought after the Prewetts used an obscene gesture at the officers who were undercover in an unmarked police car.

They were arrested and jailed overnight in the Anderson County Jail. During their jail stay, Amanda Prewett was strip-searched, which her lawyer, David Carter, said was unlawful.

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http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=show_mesg&forum=364&topic_id=1499689&mesg_id=1500546

Ruflossn
05-20-2011, 10:11 PM
There is no doubt Amanda has a colorful past. Mostly due to her political outspokeness, she had been the victim of death threats. I personally do not think her murder and those of her children were related to her political opinions. I think it was someone close to her. I hope this case is solved - quickly.

jrc
05-22-2011, 03:59 PM
Hi Kathy ~
From what I have been able to learn, this is the same Amanda Doss. I have been told how her daughter was murdered but, have not heard if Amanda and Texas were killed in the same manner. This does not appear to be a random crime. I hope whoever did this is caught - quickly.



An article in the Texarkana Gazette quotes Bowie County Chief Deputy Larry Parker as saying "Texas' body was too badly burned to gather any information, but the evidence collected from his mother and sister lead investigators to conclude the boy was killed in the same manner." You may already know this.

Whoever did this isn't being caught quickly, sad to say.

jrc
05-22-2011, 04:05 PM
There is no doubt Amanda has a colorful past. Mostly due to her political outspokeness, she had been the victim of death threats. I personally do not think her murder and those of her children were related to her political opinions. I think it was someone close to her. I hope this case is solved - quickly.


I remember admiring her and her brother when I first read about their arrest.

I think whoever did this probably knew her and probably didn't care for her political opinions.

jrc
05-22-2011, 04:08 PM
This is another site with some information.


http://law.rightpundits.com/?p=3034#more-3034

Ruflossn
05-23-2011, 06:31 PM
Thanks for the link, jrc.
Still no arrests.
:(

jrc
05-25-2011, 09:35 PM
Ruflossn, have you heard anything else?



Thanks for the link, jrc.
Still no arrests.
:(


Here's another one from a Tulsa paper.



Police: Arson likely a cover-up for homicide of mother, 2 children

Published: 5/25/2011 1:45 AM
Last Modified: 5/25/2011 8:51 AM

Relatives of three people who were killed near Texarkana, Texas, are hoping that someone has information that could help authorities find the killer.

Amanda Doss and her two children - Guinevere Doss, 11, and Texas Johnson, 8 - were found in their burning Redwater, Texas, home May 11.

~ snip ~

Authorities received a call about a fire at the family's house in Redwater - about 10 miles west of Texarkana, said Bowie County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Larry Parker.

Once the bodies were found and the investigation began, there were "several little things that made us suspicious," he said.
"We suspected it was a homicide with an arson to cover it up," he said.
Authorities learned through autopsies on the victims that they did not die from the fire.

"As ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents) and Texas Rangers investigated, they were able to confirm that the individuals received very serious injuries that were capable of causing death" before the fire was set, Parker said.

Authorities are at a loss as to who would do this to the family, he said.
"The investigation is still wide open," Parker said.

~ snip ~

"Amanda was real passionate about things that she believed in," Prewett said.

"One of the things she was really passionate about was supporting our military. (She) would travel hours and hours to meet the casket of a soldier being buried."

Doss worked with her mother in Texarkana and lived not far from her parents.

"Literally every night, they ate supper with us," Prewett said.

~ snip ~

"These were some of the most precious people in the world."

Prewett said the reward is being offered for anyone who has information that could lead to her family's killer or killers.

She asked anyone with any information to come forward to provide answers and closure.

"It is unimaginable that a human could do this do children," she said. "I want this monster caught."


Read more from this Tulsa World article at http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?subjectid=11&articleid=20110525_11_A11_CUTLIN157063&rss_lnk=1

jrc
06-03-2011, 07:39 AM
Another website ~ scroll down for story and video.


http://law.rightpundits.com/?p=3034

jrc
06-12-2011, 03:14 PM
Reward for information in homicides now $44,300

The reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for a May 11 triple homicide in Bowie County is now $44,300.

Concerned citizens and local businesses have pledged $40,300 of the amount meant to encourage anyone with information concerning the slayings of Amanda Doss, 34, and her two children, Guinevere Doss, 11, and Texas Johnson, 8, said Bowie County Chief Deputy Larry Parker.


~ snip ~

“I was out with the Ranger last week running down leads. It takes time to run them all down,” Parker said.

BCSO and the Texas Rangers are actively working the case, Parker said.


“Somebody knows something,” Parker said. “We just hope they’ll call the sheriff’s department.”

Parker said forensic evidence collected at the crime scene is still being processed by the Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Lab and may provide insight in the future.


“We’re working it day by day,” Parker said. “This is not a cold case.”


~ snip ~

We are treating the case as a capital murder investigation.

~ snip ~


Anyone with information is urged to contact the BCSO at 903-798-3149 or CrimeStoppers at 903-793-7867.

Texarkana Gazette
Published: 06/09/2011

jrc
07-23-2011, 03:39 PM
Details emerge in triple murder

Grandmother pleads for clues; citizens continue to up reward money
By: Lynn LaRowe - Texarkana Gazette


http://www.texarkanagazette.com/content/uploads/pictures/2011/07/Amanda-Doss-copy_sm.jpg (http://www.texarkanagazette.com/content/uploads/pictures/2011/07/Amanda-Doss-copy.jpg) Amanda



http://www.texarkanagazette.com/content/uploads/pictures/2011/07/Guinevere-Doss_sm.jpg (http://www.texarkanagazette.com/content/uploads/pictures/2011/07/Guinevere-Doss.jpg) Guinevere



http://www.texarkanagazette.com/content/uploads/pictures/2011/07/Texas-Johnson_sm.jpg (http://www.texarkanagazette.com/content/uploads/pictures/2011/07/Texas-Johnson.jpg) Texas




It’s been two months since Wanda Prewett’s daughter and grandchildren were murdered in their home, yet her call for justice remains louder than ever.

~ snip ~

Prewett’s despair began before daybreak May 11.

About 4:45 a.m., she received a call from Guinevere, according to a search warrant affidavit seeking judicial approval to look for and remove evidence from the family’s home on Farm to Market Road 991. The warrant authorized the use of a police K-9 trained to alert on accelerants that might have been used to start the blaze that ravaged the home.

Investigators were told by the Prewetts that “Guinevere was screaming for her mother before the connection was lost,” the affidavit said.

The Prewetts, who live a short distance from their daughter’s home, found the house on fire when they arrived.

“(The Prewetts) arrived at the home to find their daughter covered in blood and not moving. Their granddaughter was covered in blood and on fire,” the affidavit said. “(The Prewetts) were able to pull Guinevere Doss from the home, but she was deceased. There is a large laceration across her throat that appears suspicious in nature.”

The Prewetts were unable to find Texas before the fire’s intensity drove them from the house, the affidavit said.

Investigators removed a number of items from the scorched residence, according to a search warrant return.

Cartridge casings were collected from a hallway and the master bedroom. The caliber and number of cartridges is not noted.

A spent cartridge casing was found in the master bedroom, where a revolver was recovered from beneath the bed. A cell phone was found on the floor of the master bedroom. A second cell phone was recovered from the floor near a doorway on the home’s west end.

Four paint cans noted as “K-9 alert” 1, 2, 3 and 4 were collected.

~ snip ~

Other evidence collected included a knife blade noted as being “near 11-year-old’s body.”

From a hallway, investigators collected a pocket knife, several hair samples, a tie wrap with “suspected hair,” a pair of glasses and suspected blood samples.

A “burned rifle/shotgun combo” was found in the computer room.

An electronic gate opener was recovered from a mailbox outside the gate.

~ snip ~

In Doss’ sport utility vehicle, investigators found a black purse containing her driver’s license and other items. A Taurus .38 special revolver in a black holster was recovered from the driver’s floorboard.

Investigators swabbed several areas of the house and took pieces of flooring.

A second search warrant was obtained for a truck belonging to Bradley Johnson, Texas’ father. According to the affidavit, Johnson’s behavior at the scene the day of the murders led to the requests.

“He arrived on scene driving erratically and nearly struck several volunteer firefighters,” the affidavit said. “Due to his driving off of the roadway and into the bar ditch, the rear passenger tire was flattened. Mr. Johnson’s demeanor was uncontrollable ... He threatened himself harm and was very agitated at news media that was at the scene. Mr. Johnson ended up leaving the scene by ambulance and left his truck at the side of the road.”

Multiple swabs of suspected blood stains were taken from the truck, as well as seven .38-caliber cartridges, the affidavit said. A K-9 did not alert to the presence of any evidence of accelerants in the truck.

~ snip ~

Parker urged anyone with information, even if it seems trivial or irrelevant, to contact Bowie County Sheriff’s Office at 903-798-3149 or CrimeStoppers at 903-793-7867.

~ snip ~

Doss and Guinevere’s birthdays are next month, their grandmother noted.

“We don’t want people to forget. We need this solved. Somebody who shouldn’t be is walking around free.”

llarowe@texarkanagazette.com (llarowe@texarkanagazette.com)



Published: 07/17/2011

jrc
07-23-2011, 03:57 PM
Reward up to $144,570

Group pledges $100,000; family pleads for justice
By: Lynn LaRowe - Texarkana Gazette


http://www.texarkanagazette.com/content/uploads/pictures/2011/07/072011_Reward1_sm.jpg (http://www.texarkanagazette.com/content/uploads/pictures/2011/07/072011_Reward1.jpg) Staff photo by Evan Lewis. Glen and Wanda Prewett, parents of Amanda Doss, plead for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for the house fire and deaths of their daughter and two grandchildren, Guinevere Doss, 11, and Texas Johnson, 8, during a press conference Tuesday morning at the Bi-State Justice Building in downtown Texarkana. The reward has been increased to $144,570.




The reward for information concerning the May 11 murders of a Bowie County woman and her two children now exceeds $144,000.

Bowie County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Larry Parker announced Tuesday that a representative of a group wishing to remain anonymous has pledged $100,000 toward the reward for information of the person or persons responsible for the murders of Amanda Doss, 34, Guinevere Doss, 11, and Texas Johnson, 8.


~ snip ~

“I’d like to thank everybody who has contributed to the reward and scholarship fund,” said Glen Prewett, father of Doss and grandfather of Texas and Guinevere. “It’s hard to believe there are such extremes of people in this world.”

Glen Prewett and his wife, Wanda Prewett, made a plea to the public Tuesday morning to come forward with information.

As Wanda Prewett read a prepared statement including personal stories about each victim, Glen Prewett sat beside her and held up a photo of the victim.

“Someone out there knows who did this. Someone knows something,” Wanda Prewett said.

~ snip ~

The Prewetts believe that someone, perhaps with just a “nagging suspicion,” could provide the tip needed to bring justice.

The Prewetts are still healing from the burns they suffered May 11 trying to save their family from the fire set in an apparent attempt to destroy evidence.

Collected from the crime scene were several guns, numerous cartridges and a spent cartridge. A law enforcement K-9 indicated that four paint cans in the house might have contained an accellerant used to start the blaze.

Parker said the BCSO has not received reports concerning all of the evidence sent to the state crime lab for testing.

He said leads continue to come in and are being investigated by the sheriff’s office and Texas Rangers.

“This has been a difficult investigation. It’s a fire scene, so it’s more difficult to collect evidence,” Parker said. “It’s tough on the sheriff’s office and the whole community.”

The Prewetts, who live just a half mile from their daughter’s house, said the day and night before the murders were uneventful and routine. As they did most evenings, the family ate together at the Prewetts’ home. Wanda Prewett helped her grandchildren into their pajamas and tucked them into bed the night before they were killed.

About 4:45 a.m., Wanda Prewett received a disturbing call from Guinevere. A search warrant affidavit states that Guinevere was screaming for her mother.

“I know of no threats against her,” Wanda Prewett said of her daughter.

Wanda Prewett said she and her daughter worked together at Computer Link in Texarkana and enjoyed a close relationship.

~ snip ~

“I can’t imagine somebody who could do this and still live with themselves,” Glen Prewett said.

“The only thing that would make it better is hearing an arrest has been made,” Wanda Prewett said. “This killer still walks free, and my babies are buried.”

llarowe@texarkanagazette.com

Published: 07/20/2011

jrc
07-23-2011, 04:17 PM
Boy’s father speaks on murders


By: Lynn LaRowe - Texarkana Gazette


The father of 8-year-old Texas Johnson said he is hopeful his son’s killer will be brought to justice.

******* ******* said when he received a call from his son’s grandmother on the morning of May 11, he rushed to the home on Farm to Market Road 991, where Texas lived with his sister, 11-year-old Guinevere, and mother, Amanda Prewett Doss, 34.

“I started running toward the house, and three firemen tackled me,” (he) said.

(He) said he was overcome with emotion when he realized his ex-wife, stepdaughter and son were still inside the house as flames engulfed it.

“He thought there was a chance they were still alive, and he wanted to get them out,” said Doss’ mother, Wanda Prewett.

“Just like we did,” said Doss’ father, Glen Prewett.


~ snip ~

(He) said he and Doss enjoyed a close relationship and he spent many happy hours with his son.

“You just can’t imagine what it’s like,” (he) said of his grief. “I was very involved in their lives.”

(He) said he willingly submitted to a polygraph administered by the Texas Rangers. Bowie County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Larry Parker confirmed (he) passed the polygraph examination.

~ snip ~

He said a search warrant affidavit stating he was taken from the scene by ambulance is incorrect.

“The pastor drove me to the hospital,” (he) said.

(He) said he gave investigators keys to his home, office and other vehicles so they could be searched. (He) said he wanted the officers to be able to conduct that part of their investigation quickly so they could focus their efforts on finding who is responsible.

~ snip ~

(He) said he might feel some relief from his grief and sadness if an arrest is made.

“I’m sure the community will feel better too,” (he) said. “We all want to find out who did this.”'

Anyone with information is urged to contact BCSO at 903-798-3149 or CrimeStoppers at 903-793-7867.

llarowe@texarkanagazette.com

Published: 07/20/2011

SunnieRN
07-23-2011, 09:21 PM
How awful! I hope the investigation is swift and that whoever is responsible will be found and brought to trial swiftly.

Why kill the children? I don't believe anyone has the right to murder anyone, yet this pos, killed not only the person he was angry at, but her two children as well. This makes no sense at all.

AdoraBlue
08-13-2011, 11:03 AM
http://www.ksla.com/story/15261219/breaking-arrest-made-in-bowie-co-triple-murder

A 16-year-old female from the Redwater area has been arrested and charged with three counts of capital murder in the deaths of a Texarkana mother and her two children.

AdoraBlue
08-13-2011, 11:07 AM
http://www.ktbs.com/news/28855318/detail.html

Bowie County Sheriff's officials say the girl's mother called them Friday night just before 9:00 p.m. and said she knew who killed Amanda Doss, Guinevere Doss, 11, and Texas Johnson, 8.

AdoraBlue
08-13-2011, 11:09 AM
http://www.texarkanagazette.com/news/2011/08/13/595672.php

The arrest comes a little more than three months after Amanda Prewett Doss, 34, and her children, Texas Johnson, 8, and Guinevere Doss, 11, were killed May 11 in their home outside of Redwater.

The home was set on fire, and investigators believe it was intentionally burned to destroy evidence of the crimes.

SNIP

Prince said the suspect’s mother called him about 9 p.m. Friday.

“The lady was pretty upset. She said she knew who killed Amanda Doss and her children,” he said.

Prince said he received the call not long after the girl’s mother learned of her daughter’s alleged crime.

jrc
08-13-2011, 06:09 PM
AdoraBlue ~ thank you for posting about the arrest. I was only now finding time.

A female sixteen years old. Crazy, isn't it?

AdoraBlue
08-13-2011, 07:48 PM
Yes, JRC, more than crazy. I saw it on the "local" news this morning. I had been wondering about it since it happened. So heinous.

Lovejac
08-14-2011, 01:59 AM
What the !

A 16 year old girl!! :eek:

jrc
02-02-2012, 12:58 PM
Doss murder suspect in Bi-State jail

Judge sets bail for Rachel Pittman at $3 million




Rachel Pittman, the teen suspected of killing a Redwater, Texas, woman and her two children in May, is being held in the Bi-State Justice Building jail.


Bowie County Justice of the Peace Gibson “Hoot” Hadaway said he set bail for Pittman at $3 million at a hearing Wednesday morning in the jail.


“That’s a million apiece for each victim,” Hadaway said.


~ snip ~

This is the first time Pittman has been publicly identified in connection with the triple murders.


District Attorney Jerry Rochelle said he could not comment on the case. Chief Sheriff’s Deputy Larry Parker said he could not comment. Addison did not return a call Wednesday.


~ snip ~

Booking records indicate Pittman, 17, is charged with capital murder, multiple persons.


~ snip ~

Officials have been tight-lipped about the case, citing a gag order issued by Addison, since Pittman allegedly confessed in mid-August to the murders of Amanda Doss, 34, Guinevere Doss, 11, and Texas Johnson, 8. Pittman’s case was sealed in the juvenile court, which Addison oversees, until Tuesday because she was 16 at the time of the killings.


~ snip ~

In Texas, individuals accused of committing a crime while under the age of 17 are dealt with in juvenile court, and those 17 and older are considered adults for purposes of prosecution. A juvenile court can waive jurisdiction and transfer a case to district court under certain circumstances, including suspected capital murder. Pittman’s booking record indicates such a transfer has occurred.

~ snip ~

That means Pittman's case will be handled in the same manner as a capital murder case involving an adult defendant, according to Texas law.


However, certification as an adult does not mean Pittman will face the same punishment the law provides for adults convicted of capital murder in Texas. Adults face a sentence of death by lethal injection or life without the possibility of parole.


Defendants who are convicted of capital murder following a transfer from juvenile court face a sentence of life with parole eligibility after 40 years, according to the Texas penal code.


Pittman turned 17 about two months after the family was slain in their Redwater home on Farm to Market Road 991. Pittman’s address on record is just a few miles from the Doss family residence, which was ravaged by a fire allegedly set to destroy evidence.


~ snip ~

Despite a sizable and growing reward and several heartfelt public pleas from the Prewetts for information, the case appeared stymied until Pittman’s mother contacted Bowie County Sheriff’s Office in August.

In a previous interview, Sheriff James Prince said the girl’s mother claimed to know who killed Doss, Guinevere and Texas. Pittman was taken into custody that night and held in a juvenile lockup until she was transferred Tuesday to the Bi-State.




http://www.texarkanagazette.com/news/2012/02/02/doss-murder-suspect-in-bi-state-jail-245120.php (http://www.texarkanagazette.com/news/2012/02/02/doss-murder-suspect-in-bi-state-jail-245120.php)

JenniferTx
02-02-2012, 01:10 PM
Wonder why she did this? What connection to the family did she have?

JenniferTx
02-02-2012, 06:48 PM
This couldn't have just been a random house that she went in and decided to kill the family. I wonder what her connection is to them.

colette
02-02-2012, 11:53 PM
There have been some comments under the articles that she was involved with the father of ? one of the children. I guess we will hear soon enough.

jrc
02-03-2012, 02:58 PM
In the Tulsa newspaper, Amanda's grandmother says Pittman was a friend of the family.

It also says, "Rachel Nicole Pittman, 17, was booked into a Texarkana, Texas, jail on one count of capital murder with multiple deaths linked to the slayings of Amanda Doss, 34; Guinevere Doss, 11; and Texas Johnson, 8.

Read more from this Tulsa World article at http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?subjectid=11&articleid=20120203_11_A10_CUTLIN492098 (http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?subjectid=11&articleid=20120203_11_A10_CUTLIN492098)

Why she did it ~ now that's the 64 thousand dollar question.

fhc
02-03-2012, 06:48 PM
http://www.ksla.com/story/16666078/etx-residents-speak-out-in-pittman-case

The Dodds say Pittman knew the victims. "She kept them kids and worked for that woman," says Pattie

Whoa, she babysat the children and was still able to do this. wow, just wow.

Her current booking photo is at the above link

jrc
02-05-2012, 07:23 PM
http://www.ksla.com/story/16666078/etx-residents-speak-out-in-pittman-case

The Dodds say Pittman knew the victims. "She kept them kids and worked for that woman," says Pattie

Whoa, she babysat the children and was still able to do this. wow, just wow.

Her current booking photo is at the above link


It makes no sense, none at all.

jrc
02-06-2012, 09:26 AM
Details emerge in triple homicide

Officials allege teen ‘planned, carried out’ murder of the Doss family
By: Lynn LaRowe - Texarkana Gazette




The teen accused of murdering a Redwater, Texas, mother and her two children last spring allegedly stabbed each victim before setting their bodies on fire.



Rachel Nicole Pittman allegedly “planned and carried out her intentions,” according to a probable cause affidavit acquired by the Gazette via a Freedom of Information Act request to the Bowie County District Attorney’s Office.“The manner of death and destruction of evidence was uniquely described by the person responsible,” states the Aug. 13 affidavit penned by a Bowie County Sheriff’s detective.



~ snip ~

Doss’ parents, Wanda and Glen Prewett, rushed to their daughter’s house, ...

~ snip ~

When the Prewetts arrived, they found their daughter’s home in flames.


“They discovered Amanda Doss bleeding badly in the floor of the residence. They also discovered Guinevere Doss bleeding badly from lacerations to the neck area and on fire. Guinevere was removed from the home but died from her injuries,” the affidavit said. “The third victim, Texas Johnson, was found in the remains of the fire but burned beyond evidentiary collection. The fire was set intentionally to conceal evidence of a multiple homicide.”


Among evidence collected by investigators at the scene were four paint cans alerted to as possible sources of the blaze by a police K-9, according to a search warrant return.


Pittman’s address of record is just a few miles from Doss’ home.


~ snip ~

After being advised of her rights by a Bowie County justice of the peace, Pittman allegedly confessed.


Pittman, who was 16 at the time of the triple murders, was held in a juvenile lockup until Tuesday, when an order transferring her case to district court was issued by County Court at Law Judge Jeff Addison. Pittman is represented by Longview, Texas, lawyers Scrappy Holmes and Tonda Curry.


~ snip ~

Officials have declined to comment about a possible motive. The likely next step for the case is presentation to a grand jury for indictment. If Pittman is indicted, her case will be assigned to one of Bowie County’s three district courts and scheduled for an arraignment hearing.


Published: 02/06/2012


My question is why a trial if she has confessed?

jrc
02-17-2012, 02:09 PM
Pittman pleads not guilty in Doss deaths

By: Lynn LaRowe - Texarkana Gazette


http://www.texarkanagazette.com/content/uploads/pictures/2012/02/021812_Pittman02-Flash_sm.jpg (http://www.texarkanagazette.com/content/uploads/pictures/2012/02/021812_Pittman02-Flash.jpg)



The teen girl accused of killing a Redwater, Texas, mother and her two children last spring pleaded not guilty to capital murder at an arraignment hearing this morning.

Rachel Pittman, 17, appeared before 202nd District Judge Leon Pesek, Jr. with Bowie County Chief Public Defender Rick Shumaker.

http://www.texarkanagazette.com/news/2012/02/17/pittman-pleads-not-guilty-in-doss-deaths-797191.php (http://www.texarkanagazette.com/news/2012/02/17/pittman-pleads-not-guilty-in-doss-deaths-797191.php)

There is more at the link, but it is just a rehashing of the charges.

jrc
10-12-2012, 07:17 AM
Lawyer: Pittman to plead insanity

Teen charged in stabbing deaths
By: Lynn LaRowe - Texarkana Gazette


http://www.texarkanagazette.com/content/uploads/pictures/2012/10/Pittman,-Rachel-arrest-mug-use-this_sm.jpg (http://www.texarkanagazette.com/content/uploads/pictures/2012/10/Pittman,-Rachel-arrest-mug-use-this.jpg) Pittman




NEW BOSTON, Texas—Lawyers for a teen girl accused of murdering a mother and her two young children in 2011 have given notice to the state that they intend to plead insanity.

Attorney Tonda Curry of Longview, Texas, signed the document Sept. 27 on behalf of Rachael Nicole Pittman.


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If a jury convicts Pittman but accepts her insanity defense, the teen could be acquitted.

Prosecutors likely will argue that Pittman set the bodies of the slain on fire to cover her crime, an act that might lead a jury to think Pittman knew what she allegedly did was wrong.


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The case appeared to puzzle investigators, and a reward for information leading to an arrest grew to more than $140,000 before Pittman’s mother contacted Bowie County Sheriff’s Office with information in mid-August 2011.

Since then, Pittman, who was 16 at the time of the deaths, has been certified to stand trial as an adult. Defendants younger than 17 are considered juveniles under Texas law unless certified as adults, based on the seriousness of the offense or a lengthy history of criminal conduct

Indictments handed down earlier this year accuse Pittman of capital murder, multiple persons, in the deaths of Doss and Guinevere and first-degree murder in Texas’ death.

Pittman pleaded not guilty.

Thursday’s hearing was set earlier this week in response to a motion from prosecutors asking the court to compel the defense to comply with an order inked Aug. 29.

At the August hearing, 202nd District Judge Leon F. Pesek Jr. gave the defense an Oct. 2 deadline to provide the state with reports from experts, specifically a psychiatrist and psychologist.

The state complained at Thursday’s hearing that the defense had provided only sketchy, incomplete, preliminary reports detailing the experts’ opinions of Pittman’s mental state.

First Assistant District Attorney Michael Shepherd told Pesek that receiving the defense’s expert reports has become more urgent since notice of Pittman’s intention to use the insanity defense.

DA Jerry Rochelle echoed Shepherd and expressed concern that the state will not have adequate time to prepare rebuttals to Pittman’s experts before the trial in January.

Curry argued that the state was trying to “stop us from continuing our examination.”

“There’s no reason their doctor can’t evaluate our client,” Curry said. “There is no reason he can’t start. There is no reason he couldn’t have already started once we gave our insanity notice.”

Pesek noted that the order he penned directed the defense to provide expert reports, including a description of the procedures used by the experts as well as their diagnoses. Pesek gave the defense a new deadline of Oct. 22 to provide more detailed expert reports.

Pittman’s trial for capital murder is scheduled for Jan. 14 in Rusk County. The case was moved because of pretrial publicity.

A trial has not been scheduled on the first-degree murder charge in Texas’ death.

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llarowe@texarkanagazette.com

Published: 10/12/2012

fhc
01-11-2013, 10:42 PM
http://www.texarkanagazette.com/news/2013/01/11/pittman-pleads-guilty-to-two-first-degre-330096.php

Pittman pleads guilty to two first-degree murder counts
Gets two concurrent life sentences, parole eligibility in 30 years

CarmelEyesD
01-13-2013, 05:53 AM
Why not 3 murders? Why only 2? OMG, 16 years old-the children and their mom were beautiful. So heartbreaking.

Ann-Tx
02-26-2013, 11:07 PM
Rachel Pittman is in the State of Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison system.

http://offender.tdcj.state.tx.us/POSdb2/search.action;jsessionid=95896d7797dab22eb36f615d1 667
State of Texas - Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Offender Search
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http://offender.tdcj.state.tx.us/POSdb2/offenderDetail.action?sid=08932389
Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Offender Detail


Offender Information Details

SID Number: 08932389

TDCJ Number: 01830034

Name: PITTMAN,RACHEL

Race: W

Gender: F

DOB: 1994-07-14

Maximum Sentence Date: LIFE SENTENCE

Current Facility: CHRISTINA MELTON CRAIN UNIT

Projected Release Date: LIFE SENTENCE

Parole Eligibility Date: 2041-08-12

________________________

Offense History:

Offense Date
2011-05-11
2011-05-11

Offense
MURDER
MURDER

Sentence Date
2013-01-11
2013-01-11

County
BOWIE
BOWIE

Case No.
12F0128-202
12F0129-202

Sentence (YY-MM-DD)
9999-99-99
9999-99-99

Ann-Tx
02-26-2013, 11:10 PM
The Christina Melton Crain Unit in Gatesville, TX where Rachel Pittman is currently located is the same prison unit where Abigail Young is serving her prison sentence.

Wow! I wonder if Young and Pittman will meet one another!

For those who might not know, Abigail Young is the mother of barely 4 year-old Emma Thompson who was brutally raped and murdered by Young's then boyfriend, Lucas Coe in June, 2009.

There are several threads here at WS for the Emma Thompson (Abigail Young/Lucas Coe) case..

Sporky
02-26-2013, 11:50 PM
I wonder if we will ever know why she did this.