Attorney Brendan Bukalski of Johnson Law Group has taken up the defense
of a Mansfield man who was charged with the murder of his wife, who died
in 1990. Mr. Gregory Houser, now aged 56, decided to waive his arraignment
and formal reading of his charges, which include four counts of murder,
earlier in the week. Houser chose to remain silent and allow his legal
advocate to talk for him at the first hearing. He has a preliminary hearing
scheduled for October 7th and, with the guidance of Attorney Bukalski, will plead not guilty.
Houser was arrested on September 22nd and has remained in jail without bond since then. The defense has filed
discovery and preservation of evidence motions, as well as an additional
motion to set bond.
During the upcoming preliminary hearing, state prosecutors will need to
state what they believe to be the probable cause behind the murder. Houser
was in the middle of a divorce with his wife in the fall of 1990 when
she was found dead in their garage in early October of that year. She
had a rope around her neck, and investigators ruled the death a suicide
by hanging. Ms. Houser had also filed sexual assault charges against Mr.
Houser days prior to the discovery of her body; he would later be acquitted
of those charges following a criminal trial. It is believed the state
will try to use the divorce and previous criminal allegations in their
statement of probable cause.
The state is filing charges for her murder 26 years later, it says, due
to improvements in forensic methods and scientific testing that revealed
foul play. At this time, it appears the prosecution’s evidence is
centered on a condom allegedly discovered on the property and a bit of
latex glove caught in the rope that was found around her neck.
Houser’s case has caught the attention of news sources both far and
wide. If you would like more information on the case, you can visit the
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