Convicted in 1990 of the 1989 capital murder of eighteen-year-old Rebecca Doss and sentenced to death by lethal injection. Doss was a clerk at a Jackpot Inc. convenience store working the overnight shift. Ward was arrested when a police officer had stopped because the store was open but he could not see a clerk inside. He stopped Ward after seeing him walking away from the restrooms toward a motorcycle and arrested him after finding the body.
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DOSS Store clerk feared shift //Victim called a 'little Miss Donna Reed'
Byline: ANNE FARRIS After police found her strangled at the store Friday morning, theycarried away the Bible and her purse. She had worked as a clerk at Jackpot for three months.
Rebecca Lynn Doss, 18, took a Bible to work Thursday night to read during her overnight shift at the Jackpot convenience store.
After police found her strangled at the store Friday morning, they carried away the Bible and her purse.
She had worked as a clerk at Jackpot for three months. She was nervous about her night shift, and wanted to get a high school equivalency certificate so she could attend veterinarian college, said a customer who had be friended her.
Doss was described as a "friendly, sweet and innocent" woman. She did not attend a church in Little Rock, but was a member of Saline Baptist Church in her family's hometown of Warren.
" She was just a little Miss Donna Reed," said her older sister, Melissa Doss of Little Rock. " She always said ' I'm not innocent.' but she was. She was good-hearted and she trusted everyone.
" She was religious and she knew she was going to heaven when she died," Melissa Doss said, as she cried.
" She was very sweet," said Jim Ashley, an accountant for Jackpot Inc. " She was one of the nicest young ladies you'd ever want to be around.
" She always thought the best of people," Ashley said. " She may have gotten into the situation she did because of her belief in people."
Doss, 5 foot 3 and 130 pounds, enjoyed reading, walking and bike riding, her sister said. She was also an artist who enjoyed sketching for her grandmother, who lives in Warren. Her favorite colors in art and dress were shades of purple, blue, pink and peach.
Melissa Doss said her sister did not know the man charged with her slaying.
The new affections in her life were a 4-month-old mixed collie and German shepherd named Brandy and a boyfriend she met a month ago when he came to Jackpot as a customer, Melissa Doss said.
Doss, who was born in Memphis, lived with her family in a west Little Rock apartment. Part of her family moved from Warren to Little Rock in 1987 in search of better jobs. Rebecca Doss joined them in 1988 and she attended Mc Clellan High School.
Shortly afterward, Rebecca Doss moved to Memphis to live with an aunt, but returned to Little Rock at Thanksgiving for gall bladder surgery and was unable to complete high school.
" She was in my uncle's wedding just three weeks ago as a bridesmaid," said Melissa Doss. " She looked so beautiful."
Date: 08/12/89 @text:see end of text Clerk slain; ex-convict is arrested //Convenience store killing 2nd in 18 days Staff Photo by Jeff Bowen Byline: ANNE FARRISROB MORITZ store at 9520 N. Rodney Parham Roa Category:
Waitress recalls suspect //Ward 'was out and looking for a victim,' prosecutor says Staff Graphic
Byline: MICHAEL ARBANASm. Friday.
The clerk's body was discovered at 2:40 a.m. Area businessmen said Bruce Earl Ward, 32, a perfume salesman, had been roaming the neighborhood of the store hours before the killing. " Circumstances indicate he was out and looking for a victim," Prosecuting Attorney Chris Piazza said Saturday.
A waitress said Saturday that the man accused of killing an 18-year-old convenience store clerk had propositioned her shortly after 2 a.m. Friday.
The clerk's body was discovered at 2:40 a.m.
Area businessmen said Bruce Earl Ward, 32, a perfume salesman, had been roaming the neighborhood of the store hours before the killing.
" Circumstances indicate he was out and looking for a victim," Prosecuting Attorney Chris Piazza said Saturday.
Ward, who had been staying in homeless shelters in Little Rock and North Little Rock, is charged with capital murder in the death of Rebecca Lynn Doss at the Jackpot Inc. store at 9520 N. Rodney Parham Road.
Ward was arrested after a police officer found Doss' body in the men's restroom of the store.
The officer had stopped because the store was open but he could not see a clerk inside. He stopped Ward after seeing him walking away from the restrooms toward a motorcycle and arrested him after finding the body.
La Donna Killough, a waitress in a west Little Rock restaurant, said Ward had propositioned her shortly after 2 a.m. in the parking lot of the Professor Bowl lanes, about two blocks from the Jackpot store.
Killough said she and a friend had pulled into the parking lot of the bowling alley and were listening to the car radio when a man approached them and offered to sell them perfume.
" He said he didn't have any money and wanted to go back into the place, and he didn't want to write a check because he was from out of town," she said. " He said he wanted to sell some perfume so he could have money to go back inside and party."
Killough said she agreed to buy a bottle and followed the man to his motorcycle, where she said he had a suitcase full of perfume. She said he offered to give her the whole case if she would ride away with him and have sex. She refused his offer and ran to the stairs of the bowling center, where her friend was waiting, Killough said.
" He was pretty smooth, actually," she said. " I probably would have talked with him even if I was alone, and who knows what would have happened. I'm sorry for someone else , but I really am thankful for myself."
Doss was strangled by hand, detective Sgt. John Hutchinson said Saturday.
" Evidence at the scene would appear to indicate that there was an attempted rape," he added.
Piazza said he would seek the death penalty in the case.
" He deserves the death penalty," Piazza said. " We're going to go after him with all four feet."
Ward was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in 1981 for the 1977 strangulation death of Janet Needham, 20, of Erie, Pa., who left a bar with him after arguing with her husband. She was found dead four blocks away.
Piazza said investigators had evidence of more than one incident of Ward confronting a woman the night of the killing.
A Professor Bowl employee, who would not give her name, said a man had tried to sell perfume inside the bowling alley and bar area Thursday night, but was asked to leave.
She said both the doorman at the lanes' private club and the desk clerk in the bowling area had told Ward he could not sell perfume there. She said she had not heard of him propositioning any women. Nasser Sadouly, an employee of the E-Z Mart convenience store, across Rodney Parham Road from the Professor Bowl, said a man resembling Ward had pulled up to the store on a motorcycle Thursday night shortly after 2 a.m.
He said the clerk, Barbara Isclaw, and her friend, Patsy Phillips, were alone in the store. The man walked to the door and removed his motorcycle helmet, but put it on and left when another car drove up, Sadouly said.
Isclaw, who doesn't have a telephone, did not show up for work the next day, said Joe Wheeler of Cabot, the store's manager.
" Her friend called and said she wouldn't be back anymore," Wheeler said. " I can't say that I really blame her."
Gus Diavatopoulos, owner of Taylor's Cafe at 400 Bowman Road, said Saturday Ward had tried to sell perfume in his restaurant at lunchtime Thursday. When he asked Ward to leave, Ward made advances to one of the waitresses, he said.
" He had this glazed look in his eyes," Diavatopoulos said. " He kind of looked through you. I looked at him and I knew he was kind of weird."
Diavatopoulos said he recognized Ward as the man in his restaurant from photographs published with newspaper stories about the slaying.
" I've been open three weeks," Diavatopoulos said. " I've had a fire here, I had a death threat here, and now I have a murderer coming in trying to sell me perfume."
Why have they waited so long to fry this man?!!!!!!
"Executing a murderer is the only way to adequately express our horror at the taking of an innocent life. Nothing else suffices. To equate the lives of killers with those of victims is the worst kind of moral equivalency. If capital punishment is state murder, then imprisonment is state kidnapping and restitution is state theft." Don Feder
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