Louisa man accused of brutal beating goes to court

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LOUISA, VA (WWBT) - The man accused of beating an elderly woman during a home invasion went on trial today in Louisa County.

Lois Rosson's son, Monti, took the stand as the first prosecution witness. He says his mother, now has memory loss, cries unexpectedly and has feelings of anxiety.

The 911 call was also played court, Rosson sounded terrified, she was crying, she told the dispatcher a man dragged her out of bed and hit her so hard with his fist but could not describe the intruder.

20-year-old Remone Houchens sat quietly next to his attorney. Jury selection took up much of the first day of his trial. Houchens is accused of beating 87-year-old Lois Rosson during a home invasion back in May.

Houchens admits to breaking in to the home, but claims he never touched Rosson. But prosecutors say he not only beat Rosson but told the grandmother he would have sex with her and make sure she never talked.

Prosecutors say Rosson was beaten so badly, she lost sight in her left eye. Rosson was at the courthouse, arriving in a wheelchair with her son by her side.

Houchens mother is adamant her son did not commit the crime. Testimony will resume Thursday morning.

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