Prosecutor will seek life-without-parole sentences in Evansville man's death

EVANSVILLE, Ind. - EVANSVILLE — Prosecutors will seek life-without-parole sentences for Mason Hughes and Brenda Dossett, the two people arrested last week and charged in the death of Dossett's husband.

Police arrested Dossett and Hughes last week in what is described as a murder-for-hire scheme dressed up to look like a robbery. A life insurance policy payout was the motive for the slaying, according to police.

Hughes, 19, and Dossett, 47, made initial court appearances by video Thursday morning. The two are accused of killing 68-year-old Gilbert Dossett.

Brenda Dossett was Gilbert Dossett’s estranged wife, and Hughes is the boyfriend of Brenda Dossett’s daughter. Both are being held in the Vanderburgh County Jail.

Police believe Brenda Dossett expected $42,000 from a life insurance policy payout from her husband’s death and had promised Hughes a car costing no more than $10,000 to kill him.

Concerned family members found Gilbert Dossett, dead from a gunshot wound to the head, in his bed at his home of the 100 block of East Riverside Drive around 9 p.m. on May 22.

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