Dehart’s killer loses death penalty appeal in Texas

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

An appeal of the death penalty by a man convicted of murdering two people in Texas and accused of murdering a State Line woman during a crime spree nearly a decade ago was rejected by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Jan. 13. The court declined to rule on the merits of Paul G. Devoe’s appeal.

Devoe, now 52, killed Betty Dehart of State Line on Aug. 26, 2007. He had fled Texas after shooting five people to death, and in his cross-country journey to New York, stopped off I-81 in southern Pennsylvania. He randomly chose Dehart’s residence on North Young Road to steal her car, and left behind a stolen vehicle. Dehart, 81, was on the porch, so he shot her in her home when she screamed. He was captured in New York on Aug. 27 by the New York/New Jersey Fugitive Task Force.

Devoe was convicted in the murders of two teenage girls and Dehart. He was sentenced to death in October 2009.

Franklin County District Attorney Matt Fogal chose not to prosecute, but to let Devoe face the Texas criminal justice system.