Jerome Mallory, of Doswell, pleaded guilty in 2008 to second-degree murder in the death of his 69-year-old cousin Charles Houchens. Now, he says he was not in his right mind when he made that statement, denying that he gave the killing blow.
According to authorities, the Hanover resident began hitting Houchens after an argument between the two in 2008 escalated outside the victim’s Copperline Road home.
Prosecutors said Mallory’s punches forced Houchens to the ground, where he fatally kicked him at least three times in the head.
On August 24, 2008, Mallory was sentenced to 40 years in prison, with all but 25 years suspended. He was also given an additional three years and six months for violating his probation.
To read the entire story, see the Sept.19 edition of The Central Virginian.