Jury deliberations resume in Houchens case in Louisa

By Tara Morgan - bio | email

LOUISA, VA (WWBT) - Despite deliberating well into the night, still no verdict in the trial of a Louisa man accused of beating a grandmother, so severely, she lost vision in one eye.

Remone Houchens, 20, is charged with aggravated malicious wounding, robbery and burglary - with the intent to commit robbery. The trial resumed this morning at 9 a.m.

Jurors asked the court several questions Thursday night. Some were about specific wording of the charges. The last question was about breaking for the night. The foreman said they were far off from reaching a verdict.

Dressed in a plaid button down, Houchens left the courthouse for his trip back to jail for the night. He ducked down in the back seat of a squad car as it rolled by our camera. 

The jury got the case just before 6 p.m. after a day and a half of testimony. During closing arguments, the Commonwealth said this case is about a dream interrupted into everyone's worst nightmare. Dreams, the prosecution said, shattered by a savage beating during the early morning hours of May 22nd.

Lois Rosson's daughter covered her eyes and her son bowed his head when prosecutors showed graphic pictures of their mother with a bloodied and blackened eye.

Prosecutors say evidence proves Houchens, who had busted knuckles when he was arrested, broke in to Rosson's house to steal valuables he knew she had, brutally attacked the grandmother in her own bed and took off with her gun which he sold two days later.

The defense says Houchens repeatedly told police he did not touch the 87-year-old and claims another man was in the house the morning of the horrific attack. But prosecutors say evidence shows only Houchens' DNA is on the gun, the glass from Rosson's door, her rug and Rosson's nightgown.

Houchens could face two life sentences plus up to 20 years if convicted of all three charges.

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