Drug related shooting in 2009
A jury sentenced Hector Sanchez to 45 years in prison on March 27, 2012 after convicting him of Murder. The 29-year old Houston man was convicted for killing Donovan Dozier in a drug-related shooting in August 2009.
According to Assistant District Attorney Mark LaForge, Donovan Dozier and Hector Sanchez were arguing over a drug deal in front of Sanchez’s house when Sanchez drew a gun and pointed it at Dozier. Sanchez then walked Dozier back to his parked car in front of the defendant’s house on Maywood Street in Houston. As Dozier tried to leave, Sanchez reached out and touched Dozier’s shoulder. Dozier turned around and pushed Sanchez back several feet with both hands. As Dozier stood there unarmed, Sanchez aimed and shot him one time between the eyes. Sanchez immediately got in his van and fled the scene – running over Dozier’s body in the street. The defendant remained in hiding in Houston until his arrest seven months later.
Sanchez testified during trial that he was a drug dealer and hid his drugs at his home. He claimed he was trying to escort Dozier off his property, but the evidence revealed Sanchez followed Dozier into the public street where he was shot.
Sanchez wanted to claim self-defense but also that the gun accidentally discharged. The defendant testified that as he approached Dozier’s car, the victim quickly turned around and may have hit his arm – accidentally firing the gun. Sanchez also testified that he didn’t remember pulling the trigger and was reckless in even having a gun on him during the situation. Sanchez further claimed that several hours before the shooting, the victim had chased his family in their cars while laughing and waving a gun. No definitive evidence was provided to support the defendant’s story.
“Donovan Dozier had his day in court, even though Hector Sanchez denied him the chance to ever speak again,” said LaForge. “The jury considered all of the evidence, including testimony from the defendant and his teenage brother, and decided what had happened was clear – Hector Sanchez intentionally and knowingly killed Donovan Dozier without justification.”
Sanchez was tried in the 434th District Court before Presiding Judge James H. Shoemake. Murder is a first-degree felony punishable from 5 to 99 years or life in prison and a fine up to $10,000. Under current laws, the defendant must serve at least one-half of his sentence before he is eligible for parole. Sanchez was not probation eligible.
Assistant District Attorneys Mark LaForge and John Hawkins prosecuted the case. Michael W. Elliott and Scott Martinez represented the defendant.