Guilty verdict, life sentence in Hazelrig/Sherrer murders



William Lane Bosner was found guilty on four counts of murder in connection to the killings of Gary “Sambo” Hazelrig and Rasha Breann Sherrer on Sept. 14, 2015.

After five days of testimony, the jury returned with the guilty verdict after deliberating for 1.5 hours yesterday (Tuesday). With retired Circuit Judge Loyd Little presiding, Bosner was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole at the sentencing hearing later Tuesday.

Bosner and two armed accomplices went to the residence on Deavers Town Road in the early morning hours and shot the two victims after ransacking the house in a search for valuables. Bosner was armed with a .22 rifle and a pathologist testified that the fatal shot to Sherrer came with the gun placed against her head.

Hazelrig was shot multiple times in the head and torso with a .22 and at least once with a shotgun. He was also struck in the head with a blunt object, said Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey.

“We appreciate the work of the jury and their attentiveness to the testimony and evidence in this case,” she said in a statement.

All three men involved in the attack have now been brought to justice.

Michael “Cody” Dooley was sentenced to 50 years in prison on Aug. 18 while Paul Mason Trull was sentenced to 75 years in prison in March.

“This has been a long two years for the Sherrer and Hazelrig families,” said Casey. “These verdicts and sentences will never bring back their loved ones. While this does not bring closure, it does complete the trial process for this horrible, senseless act of evil.”

Casey praised the investigative work of the Blount County Sheriff’s Department in the case.