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Teen indicted in Doss family murders By: Lynn LaRowe - Texarkana Gazette pittman     The teen girl accused of murdering a Redwater, Texas, mother and her two children in May 2011 was formally indicted for capital murder Thursday by a Bowie County grand jury. Rachel Nicole Pittman, 17, allegedly stabbed Amanda Doss, 34, Guinevere Doss, 11, and Texas Johnson, 8, before setting the family’s home on fire May 11. The case stumped investigators until Pittman’s mother contacted the Bowie County Sheriff’s Office in mid-August. The accused teen allegedly confessed, according to a probable cause affidavit. Pittman has been in custody since the mid-August meeting. “She planned and carried out her intentions by stabbing all three victims and then setting their bodies on fire,” the affidavit states. “Her detailed account included details known only to a person at the scene of the murders.” Pittman’s residence of record is less than a mile from where the Doss family lived. The grand jury handed down two indictments Thursday. One indictment accuses Pittman of the capital murder of multiple persons and lists Doss and Guinivere as victims. The other accuses her of first-degree murder and names Texas as victim. Both indictments allege Pittman caused the deaths of Doss, Guinivere and Texas by “cutting and stabbing with a knife.” First-degree murder is punishable by five to 99 years or life in prison. Capital murder typically is punishable by death by lethal injection or life without the possibility of parole under Texas law. However, Pittman won’t face such a sentence if convicted. Pittman’s case was initially handled as a juvenile matter because she was 16 at the time of the triple homicide. Capital cases transferred from juvenile to district court for prosecution are punishable by life with parole eligibility after 40 years of confinement, according to the Texas penal code. Pittman was certified to stand trial as an adult Jan. 31. That day, she was transferred from a juvenile detention facility to the Bi-State Justice Building jail in downtown Texarkana. Pittman has not posted bond on a $3 million bail. Pittman’s case has been assigned to 202nd District Judge Leon Pesek Jr. A date for an arraignment hearing hasn’t been set. Bowie County District Attorney Jerry Rochelle said he could not comment on a possible motive. “It’s necessary for me to withhold comment at this time in an attempt to avoid tainting a potential jury pool. I don’t want to provide cause for a change-of-venue request from the defense that could cost the citizens of Bowie County thousands,” Rochelle said. “This is a hard and demanding case with heart-wrenching issues on all sides.” Pittman is being represented by Longview attorneys Scrappy Holmes and Tonda Curry. “I would prefer not to have the publicity such that it would foreclose Bowie County,” Holmes said. Doss’ parents, Glen and Wanda Prewett, could not be reached for comment Thursday. Wanda Prewett received an alarming phone call from Guinivere at approximately 4 a.m. May 11. “Guinivere was screaming for her mother before the line went dead,” court documents state. The Prewetts, who live just a few miles from their daughter’s home, found the house in flames after rushing to the scene. The affidavit states that Doss’ and Guinivere’s bodies were autopsied but Texas’ was “burned beyond evidentiary collection.”  (Feb 9, 2012 | post #144)

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Spell Krafters

What is pagan?  (Feb 6, 2012 | post #31)

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Agree :)  (Feb 6, 2012 | post #128)

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tragic fire on 991

Look on the doss murder thread :)  (Feb 4, 2012 | post #1281)

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Hmmmm thats weird huh? Did someone say she has talked to le here?  (Feb 3, 2012 | post #104)

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doss murder

Well i knew she(dana) lived with one of rachel's family members...BUT i didnt know it was rachel's grandmother!!! I found a dana epps(not danna) on fb n it says she went Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry...kinda weird... I dont understand y she would want this sweet family dead...so did rachel kill them? OR did she just witness the acts....This is all so confusing :(  (Feb 3, 2012 | post #102)

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We always get lost in the fightin posts lol...so i assume the the gag order was lifted if this girl posted this on fb huh?  (Feb 2, 2012 | post #85)

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I just ran across this and found it interesting The gag order has been lifted so now I can speak, Danna Epps (30 yr old woman) is a narcissistic psycho! She manipulated Rachel Pittman and convinced her to murder a family! She has been brain washing this poor girl since she was 9 with drugs and bible scripture. I don’t believe that Rachel should get off scott free but I want some thing to happen to this woman or she will do this again to another vulnerable person, also after the murders had been committed Danna told Rachelle to KILL her self .. If that had been done then Danna would have gotten away with murder. All I know is if I told some one to go kill someone else then id be the one in trouble as well as who I told to do the crime! these are the words of Rachel! If u have any questions please feel free to contact me , in my opinion im not sure if it was Danna or Rachel who committed these murders.  (Feb 2, 2012 | post #83)

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tragic fire on 991

On one of these threads i think  (Feb 2, 2012 | post #1273)

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doss murder

Someone mentioned someone failing a ploygraph test...im sure we could guess who it was...I would guess the brother ?  (Feb 2, 2012 | post #46)

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that makes sense to me now :). Thank ya btw  (Feb 2, 2012 | post #45)

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I do know that the da is not looking for death in this case only life in prison...i happened t be in court in august when they appeared in nb the first time and he stated he would not seek death...he may have changed his mind? I read the same as you when they go from juv to adult :) have a good night  (Feb 1, 2012 | post #33)

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so they will release gag order? I am not law savey at all so i thought it was to protect a potential jury pool...i didnt know it could go away before trial  (Feb 1, 2012 | post #30)

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Im smh too lol! :) i just wanted to see a pic and now i have  (Feb 1, 2012 | post #29)

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doss murder

So the news just said the gag order will be lifted tomorrow...i do not believe that...the kmss news at 9...what about it steve? They arent that dumb r they?  (Feb 1, 2012 | post #25)