Jurors now deliberating in decades-old murder trial

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — Closing arguments were heard Friday in the trial of a man accused of killing an elderly woman more than two decades ago.

David Roscoe, 59, of Westerly, has pleaded not guilty in the murder of 85-year-old Germaine Mouchon.

Prosecutors say Roscoe sexually assaulted Mouchon inside her West Warwick apartment back in 1990.

The case went cold until Mouchon’s grandson, who found the victim’s body, asked detectives to revisit the case in the summer of 2015.

Investigators re-examined biological material found at the murder scene and found it matched Roscoe.

On Friday, the jury was given their instructions and deliberated for about an hour before they went home for the weekend.

Jurors will continue deliberations on Monday.

Mouchon’s family said she was a wonderful mother who loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Roscoe has a lengthy criminal history. He was convicted of assaulting someone over the age of 60 back in 1982. In 1989, he pleaded no contest to child molestation and was convicted of child molestation months after Mouchon’s body was discovered.

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