OZARK — The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals denied a petition for immunity filed by a Dale County man facing murder charges in a 2017 slaying.

Mitchell Doster failed to show that he was entitled to immunity. He may still use self-defense at trial, Appeals Court Judge Mary B. Windom wrote in her order. Doster was arrested in December 2017 and indicted in March 2018 in connection with the death of Rickey Dease, who was found dead in his residence in the early morning hours of Dec. 3, 2017, after police responded to a firearm assault call in the 1000 block of U.S. Highway 231 North.

Doster’s trial is scheduled for Jan. 13.

Investigators believe Doster fired the fatal shots that killed Dease.

According to court records, Doster was previously charged with murder in 1998 in connection with a Coffee County slaying. He pleaded guilty in 1999 to manslaughter and was sentenced to 16 years in state prison.

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