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Teenage girl confesses in Northeast Texas triple slaying

By Robin Aaron raaron@news-journal.com
Aug. 21, 2011 at 11 p.m.


NEW BOSTON - A teenage girl has confessed to the May slayings of a Redwater mother and her two children, authorities said.

The girl has been charged with three counts of capital murder.

The bodies of Amanda Doss, 34, and her two children - Guinevere Doss, 11, and Texas Johnson, 8 - were found May 11 in their burning Redwater home. Investigators said at the time the fire appeared to have been set to cover up the homicide. Autopsies showed the victims did not die from the fire.

In a news conference this past week, Bowie County Sheriff James Prince said the case might never have been solved without the confession of the girl, now 17, who he said had details about the three who were killed that were consistent with what investigators had found.

The suspect's identity has not been released, and officials said it may not be for weeks. The sheriff said she was an acquaintance of the victims.

Prince said he received a call about 9 p.m. Aug. 12 from a woman who was crying and telling him she knew who had killed Amanda Doss and her two children. He arranged to meet the woman in a public parking area in front of an area business. When he arrived, he said two women were waiting for him - a mother and her daughter.

The 17 year-old daughter got into Prince's truck and began to tell him what happened during the early morning hours of May 11.

She said she'd acted alone in the murders, Prince said. Her mother, who had called the sheriff, turned in her daughter after finding out about her possible connection to the slayings. The girl's mother has refused to have any of the $145,570 in reward money pledged to the person who helped catch and convict the killer.

A gag order was put in place Monday to prevent further comments about the case as law enforcement and the district attorney's office prepare for an upcoming hearing that may certify the Redwater High School student to stand trial as an adult.

The suspect was being held in an undisclosed juvenile detention facility.

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