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Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Glover and Joste had a history of delusional behavior, drug use, excessive drinking and domestic abuse
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: July 21, 2004
Date of arrest: 6 days after
Date of birth: July 26, 1966
Victim profile: James "Jimmy" Joste, 55 (her longtime boyfriend)
Method of murder: Shooting
Location: Austin, Travis, County, Texas, USA
Status: Sentenced to 46 years in prison in 2006
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Texas Court of Appeals, Third District, at Austin

Rhonda Glover v. The State of Texas

Murder conviction in Southwest Austin oilman’s slaying stands

By Steven Kreytak -

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has declined a petition to review the Travis County murder conviction and 46-year prison sentence of Rhonda Glover, a former rodeo queen who killed her on-again, off-again oilman boyfriend Jimmy Joste in 2004.

The 3rd Court of Appeals in Austin had previously affirmed the sentence and conviction. With the high criminal court’s decision to decline review in the case, filed last week, the conviction and sentence stand.

Glover, who owned an employee recruiting business, shot Joste 10 times in the home on Mission Oaks Boulevard in Southwest Austin they once shared. At the time, Joste lived there alone.

Before the shooting, she had taken firearms training and one of her trainers testified she once asked how to shoot someone from behind while he was sitting on a sofa. She had practiced firing her gun the day of the shooting at Red’s Indoor Range in Oak Hill.

Glover and Joste had a history of delusional behavior, drug use, excessive drinking and domestic abuse, according to trial testimony. Glover once told a Child Protective Services worker checking on the couple’s son, who was 9 when Joste was shot, that the boy was Jesus Christ; Joste said the boy could “pull stars from the sky.”

Prosecutors said Glover had grown sick of Joste after draining him of most of his family and self-made wealth. Glover said it was self-defense. Her testimony in her own defense made great courtroom dram.


Jury finds woman guilty of boyfriend's murder

Rhonda Glover faces up to life in prison for 2004 shooting.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

A Travis County, Texas jury found Rhonda Glover guilty of murder this afternoon in the 2004 shooting death of her longtime boyfriend.

Glover, 39, a former Miss Houston contestant who ran an employee recruiting business, faces up to life in prison when the punishment phase of the trial begins Wednesday.

Glover's testimony that she killed Jimmy Joste to protect herself was "trash," a "prefabricated story," prosecutor Bryan Case told the jury during closing arguments today. Case called on the nine women and three men on the jury to recognize Glover's "crocodile tears" and find her guilty.

The jury deliberated for less than two hours.

On Friday, Glover testified that she went to the Southwest Austin house the couple once shared — where Joste had been living alone — to drop off her handgun and pick up camping gear in preparation for a trip to Nashville with the couple's son, now 11.

Glover told the jury she had been avoiding Joste for months because he would drink too much and beat her. She didn't think Joste would be at the house, but he came home, yelled at her and then grabbed her throat.

"I shot him," she testified, sobbing on the stand. "I shot him because I thought he was going to kill me."

Earlier Tuesday, prosecutors called several of Joste's friends to rebut Glover's testimony that Joste beat her. They testified that Joste was peaceful and docile and that Glover was an aggressive woman with a reputation for being a liar.

Prosecutors say Glover grew tired of Joste, 55, after spending much of his money during their on-again, off-again relationship, which began in 1990. Joste inherited millions from his family, which was in the oil business, and earned more by pioneering horizontal oil and gas drilling in the 1980s, friends testified.

Prosecutors said Glover carefully planned the murder, starting by purchasing the Glock 19 handgun and taking shooting lessons in the months before the shooting. Then, on July 21, 2004, according to testimony, she rented a car, drove it to a shooting range in Oak Hill, shot the gun at the range for about 20 minutes, then went to the house on Mission Oaks Boulevard, off Southwest Parkway.

In the upstairs bedroom and hallway. Glover emptied the gun's magazine, shooting Joste 10 times, according to testimony.

"She lured him to the house," prosecutor Gail Van Winkle said. "He worshiped this woman. And she surprised him with the gun and started shooting."

Glover's defense lawyer, Joe James Sawyer, told the jury during closing arguments that Joste was obsessed with Glover. He cited testimony that he withdrew more than $1 million from a bank in early 2004 and spent it on Glover. Joste had bought Glover a $350,000 engagement ring in early 2004, which Glover testified she knew about and declined.


Martin "Jimmy" Joste Murdered, Suspect in Custody

Sunday, July 23, 2004

Jimmy Joste and Rhonda Lee Glover dated for 15 years and had a 10-year-old son. On Sunday, Jimmy Joste was found slain in his Austin home.

A week after Rhonda Lee Glover bought a 9 mm Glock pistol at an Austin gun store and firing range, Austin police said, she showed up at a Houston shooting range with her 10-year-old son seeking shooting lessons and advice.

"How do you shoot someone in the head while they are sitting on a couch and you're coming up from behind," she asked an employee at Top Gun of Texas in early July, according to an arrest warrant.

On Sunday, Glover's longtime boyfriend — the father of her son — was found dead in his Southwest Austin home, shot 13 times, and Glover, 38, had hit the road going north in a rented white recreational vehicle.

On Tuesday, Kansas Highway Patrol officers traced signals from Glover's cell phone to the RV, parked outside the Golden Ox truck stop in Hays. Kansas Highway Patrol Lt. Mark Deterding said Glover had stopped to buy milk for her son. Wearing a yellow sundress, she surrendered and was charged with murdering 55-year-old James Martin "Jimmy" Joste.

Glover's Houston-based lawyer, Paul J. Smith, declined to comment Wednesday.

While Glover sits in jail lin Ellis County, Kan. on a $1 million bail, Joste's friends and family are trying to fathom why anyone would kill a man who had such a generous heart.

"His only fault was that he loved women so much he probably overdid it in the generosity department," said Rocky Navarro, a local real estate agent who has been friends with Joste for 15 years. "Men like us can be taken advantage of if the wrong woman gets ahold of us."

Joste was an oil-patch millionaire from Houston, an entrepreneur who friends said was always looking for the next big oil strike. In the 1980s, they said, he jumped into horizontal drilling as it was becoming the new technique to reach hard-to-tap oil reserves.

Friends say Joste's 15-year relationship with Glover started at a party at a friend's ranch. Though he never married her, they had a child together and he bought her several cars and houses, including the Austin house where Joste was found dead.

"Everything she had, he gave to her," said Stan Weiner, a former Houston oilman.

Weiner and others said they don't know much about Glover's past, but her presence caused them to distance themselves from their gregarious friend. Glover and Joste's relationship was on and off and frequently troubled, Weiner said.

Kelley Joste says his brother — whose family's oil money goes back three generations — had countless friends in Houston, many of them oilmen like himself who enjoyed the company of beautiful women and frequented The Palm restaurant near the Galleria.

In that circle, Joste was the life of the party, slipping outlandish tips to waiters and picking up friends' tabs, said Danny Davis, who said he's known Joste since they were boys.

Joste always had money, but friends are not sure whether it came from a family inheritance or his entrepreneurial forays into the family business. Kelley Joste says Jimmy went through the inheritance quickly and spent much of it on Glover.

"Even if he was broke you would never know it," he said.

Navarro, Joste's Austin friend, said Joste was giving Glover at least $10,000 a month.

"Why would you kill the goose laying the golden egg?" he said. "This guy was beloved. He didn't have an enemy."

When they shared a beer on July 20, Navarro said Joste steered the conversation away from himself and his relationship with Glover.

Austin police said a call to Navarro the next morning was the last entry on Joste's cell phone, a call the real estate agent says he missed. That same morning, Glover and her son, John Chandler Joste, showed up at a friend's house in Cedar Park with the rented RV, according to the arrest warrant.

Police said Glover had moved out of the couple's limestone house in the Park at Travis Country, a gated subdivision, several months ago and was probably living in Houston, where she has family.

Glover's friend took her to rent a white Ford Taurus, which Glover said she needed to run errands, the warrant said. When Glover returned to the couple's home a few hours later, she gathered up her son and said they were headed to Arkansas, the warrant said.

Police said Glover had been reported missing in Houston since March. On Sunday, Glover's aunt went to the Austin house hoping to find her. Instead, she found the garage door and a utility door open and called 911. An Austin police officer found the decomposing body of Jimmy Joste lying near the doorway of his upstairs bedroom, his 160-pound frame perforated with bullets that police say their ballistics tests show markings on the slug were consistent with a Glock weapon.

Police say the couple's son is living with a foster family in Kansas while officials work out where to place him. According to Kelley Joste, Glover's mother, Sherlyn Shotwell, has legal custody. Shotwell could not be reached for comment.

Glover should be extradited to Texas within a couple of weeks, according to U.S. Marshal Hector Gomez. In addition to first-degree murder, Glover is charged with falsifying her address on a firearm application, a federal crime.


James Martin "Jimmy" Joste

Birth: Jan. 15, 1949
Death: Jul. 21, 2004

Murder Victim.

Jimmy was born in Dallas, Texas, the son of Martin William and Barbara Kelly Joste. His grandfather, Barbara's Dad was Forrest Kelly of Wichita, Kansas, a successful wildcatter, and CEO of the Treat-o-lite, Petrolite Corporation. His grandfather's love of the oil business inspired Jimmy to follow in his footsteps. Jimmy grew up in the Memorial area. He graduated from Memorial High School and attended The University of Texas in Austin. Many remember Barbara's house on Potomac was the dinner party place to be, with Jimmy often cooking for 20 people several nights a week. He was the perfect host with everyone always feeling well fed and amused by his great jokes, even if he told the same joke many times. He was in the family's oil business, and was a pioneer of horizontal oil and gas drilling.

He and his girlfriend, Rhonda Glover, had a son. A resident of Austin, Texas, he died there in Travis County, Texas, of gunshot wounds allegedly inflicted by his domestic partner and the mother of his son.

He is survived by his brother, Kelly William Joste of Houston and his son John Chandler Joste, as well as many, many wonderful friends. He will be missed deeply. He was preceded in death by his brother, John Forrest Joste, his father, Martin William Joste and his mother, Barbara Kelly Joste. His amazing love and devotion to his son was evident to all his friends. A memorial service was held at Saint Martins Episcopal Church. His murder was later featured on the television series, "Snapped."



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