Suspect pleads not guilty to 1990 West Warwick murder

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) —  A man arrested for a more than 25-year-old cold case in West Warwick faced a judge Friday.

David Roscoe was indicted last month for the 1990 murder of an 85-year-old woman.

Roscoe, 59, pleaded not guilty and was ordered held without bail.

Police said Roscoe sexually assaulted and murdered Germaine Mouchon in her apartment.

The victim’s grandson urged police to review the cold case. Biological material found at the scene was tested and matched the suspect.

“We were able to identify the defendant through DNA,” West Warwick Police Colonel Richard Silva said. “He does have a prior history of child molestation.”

A check of Roscoe’s criminal record showed several incidents.

It contains no contest pleas to child molestation in 1989, convictions on assault with intent to rob, and assault on a person over 60 from 1982 and child molestation convictions two months after Mouchon’s body was found.

Police said they don’t know of any relationship between Mouchon and Roscoe. Mouchon’s family also said they didn’t know of any connection between the two, and released the following statement to Eyewitness News.

Mrs. Germaine Mouchon was a wonderful mother who loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She came to this country from Calais, France after World War I and found a wonderful home. She married Charles Mouchon whom she met in France while he served in the US Army after the war and raised her two children in West Warwick. She worked in the local lace mills for many years and loved to gather with family and friends and celebrate their French heritage. She was a loving and caring mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Roscoe has been held without bail since his arrest in November. He’s due back in court for a bail hearing Feb. 1.

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