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Defendant to Plead Not Guilty to Murder Charges for Wife's Death in 1990

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.

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