David Roscoe found guilty in decades-old murder case


WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — A Kent County jury has found guilty the man accused of sexually assaulting and killing an elderly woman more than two decades ago.

David Roscoe, 60, of Westerly, was on trial for the murder of 85-year-old Germaine Mouchon. The jury began deliberations Friday and returned a verdict late Monday morning.

Prosecutors said 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 in the summer of 2015 to revisit the murder .

Investigators re-examined biological material found at the murder scene and found it matched Roscoe. He was arrested in connection with the case in Nov. 2015 and a month later, was indicted by a grand jury.

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

“I cannot imagine the pain and grief the Mouchon family has felt all these years knowing that no one had been held responsible for the death of their mother and grandmother. I hope today’s verdict brings them some sense of relief,” Attorney General Peter Kilmartin said in a statement. “Although advances in DNA evidence played a significant role in solving this cold case, it still took solid police work of Detective Nye and the West Warwick Police Department to bring this case to the arrest, indictment, and finally today’s guilty verdict of the defendant.”

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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