Man accused in beating expected in court

By Gene Petriello - bio | email
Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - All eyes will be on a Louisa courtroom Monday as the man accused in the brutal beating of an 87-year-old woman is expected in court.

It's a high profile case - so high profile in fact, the defense attorney wants to move the case out of Louisa County.

Meanwhile, the man accused, Remone Houchens, is expected to enter a plea.

With his wrists and ankles handcuffed, Houchens speaks out about the high profile beating he's accused in.

"I just want everybody to know I didn't beat that woman like Louisa said I did. I told her I wasn't there to hurt her and I wasn't going to hurt her," said Houchens.

But that's not what Louisa investigators say.

Now, Houchens is charged with aggravated malicious wounding, robbery and burglary.

The first two charges carry life sentences. The third carries a sentence for 20 years.

It all stems from the May attack on Lois Rossen.

"Aggravated malicious wounding is much more serious," said Chief Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Rusty McGuire. "It requires the commonwealth to prove that the victim received significant or permanent injury."

Rossen lost sight in her left eye in the attack, while laying in her own bed.

Rossen's son tells us his mom has had good and bad days since then - but can now walk with a cane.

Copyright 2010 WWBT NBC12. All rights reserved.