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Judge Rejects Request to Move Doty Trial



February 07, 2002

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Judge Rejects Request to Move Doty Trial

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by David J. Cieslak, Citizen

The second of three murder trials of an admitted Aryan satanist will be in Tucson, despite a request to move it to another county because of publicity.

Jason Paul Doty, 29, was convicted last month of killing an unarmed security guard at a Northwest Side park in March 2000.

Prosecutors said Doty killed Grady M. Towers, 55, to advance his position in the belief system he created. They presented jurors with volumes of Doty's racist and satanist writings.

Defense attorney Richard Parrish yesterday argued that extensive media coverage of Doty's first trial will prejudice anyone selected as a juror in the two upcoming trials. "It is beyond me that he could get a fair trial," Parrish said.

Doty is scheduled to stand trial in May for the death of his friend, Joseph McDowell, 28, who was killed in a car crash on April 9, 2000, in Picture Rocks.

Investigators have said Doty, with McDowell in the passenger seat, was fleeing pursuing sheriff's deputies when he ran a stop sign and later crashed the vehicle, killing McDowell.

Prosecutors charged him with first-degree murder in connection with McDowell's death. The state's felony-murder rule allows prosecutors to file murder charges against a person if someone is killed while a felony is being committed.
Doty also faces a murder charge in the stabbing of an assistant manager at a Northwest Side fast-food restaurant.

Doty will be tried next in the McDowell killing, prosecutors said. Superior Court Judge Frank Dawley said a fair jury can be picked in Tucson.

However, Dawley said he would reconsider his ruling if Doty is convicted in McDowell's death, saying he may move the third trial out of Pima County.






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