Modesto woman to be tried in husband's murder

A 52-year-old woman will go to trial in the murder of her husband in their Modesto house after allegedly goading her son into shooting him.

A Stanislaus County Superior Court judge on Monday said there was enough evidence for Carol Laverne Harris and her son Dasheme Hosley, 31, to face a jury on first-degree murder charges.

Another son, DeLeon Hosley, 29, and Alisia Brown, who had a child with Dasheme Hosley, will be tried on charges of being an accessory to the crime.

According to testimony, Harris' sons sped from a cocaine-fueled party in San Leandro to Modesto because they believed their stepfather, Karl Johnson, had hit their mother.

In the early morning hours of Aug. 30, 2008, a man in Harris' northeast Modesto house overheard her on the phone telling her son to "come here and take care of this n------," according to testimony.

During the car ride to Modesto, the elder Hosley sat in the front passenger seat dry firing his gun, according to a Modesto police detective.

Desamona Crowder, the mother of another child with Dasheme Hosley who said she was with Hosley during the shooting, told police Harris was the one who sometimes hit her husband during arguments while drinking and threatened him with her two sons.

Harris told police she and Johnson were "like newlyweds" and stayed up until 1 a.m. playing dominoes the morning of the shooting.

Officers were called to the house in the 2900 block of Lincoln Oak Drive, just south of Ustach Middle School, at 4:48 a.m. on Aug. 30, 2008, according to Modesto police.

When they arrived, they found Johnson, who had been shot once in the right side of his chest. He was taken to a Modesto hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Bee staff writer Merrill Balassone can be reached at or 578-2337.

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