Dooley Life Sentence Upheld By Court

The Louisiana Supreme Court has denied the appeal of a Bossier Parish woman who is serving a life sentence for murdering her estranged husband.

Bossier-Webster D-A Schuyler Marvin says the high court's decision means Jocelyn Dooley's sentence is final.

Dooley was convicted of second-degree murder in August 2003 and sentenced to life in prison for the death of Vol "Bubba" Dooley the Third, son of former Bossier Parish Sheriff Vol Dooley Junior. She also was sentenced to 40 years in prison on a conviction for obstruction of justice.

Last fall, the Second Circuit Court of Appeal in Shreveport upheld her convictions and sentence. In her appeals, Dooley filed several challenges, including alleging that the trial court should have granted a change of venue and failed to hold a hearing on that issue. She also contended that two key witnesses were not credible because they were granted immunity for their testimony.

Dooley's husband last was seen leaving a downtown Shreveport restaurant June 5th, 2001. His body was found ten days later. Prosecutors said he was shot in his Plain Dealing home by Jocelyn Dooley, who called a friend and fiance to help bury the body in a shallow grave in north Caddo Parish.

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