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Clark County

March 6, 2013

Murder charges filed in Clarksville teen’s death

Accused has history of violent sexual crimes

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JEFFERSONVILLE —

“I can’t see a whole lot of plea bargaining taking place,” Stewart said. “I anticipate it going to trial .. There is no question he [Hooten] should not ever see the light of day again, just based on his prior history,” Stewart said. 

Hooten is scheduled to return to the court May 13 for a pretrial conference.

 

AN ACCOUNT OF THE CRIME

Following Hooten’s initial appearance Wednesday, court officials released the probable-cause affidavit leading to his charges. The affidavit includes an account of Willenborg’s boyfriend, Joshua Lewis, returning to the home he shared with her after he finished working a shift at Amazon.com.

Lewis found Willenborg naked and unresponsive in their bedroom with a Subway restaurant apron tied around her neck. The document reveals that Lewis removed the apron and attempted CPR then went to a neighbor’s home to call 911. The neighboring apartment belonged to Hooten’s girlfriend, who was in the home with two of her nephews and Hooten.

After Lewis arrived at the door, Hooten soon left.

A brief physical description of Hooten was provided to police, although his girlfriend could not provide his last name or date of birth. She told police they had been dating about two or three months.

Hooten was located about 7: 30 a.m. walking near Eastern Boulevard by a Clarksville police officer, and he was taken into custody. He was transported to the Clarksville Police Department and interviewed by investigators about 9 a.m. Saturday.

Hooten told the investigators that he, his girlfriend and her relatives had gone to Rojos bar at America’s Best Inn near Eastern Boulevard and Interstate 65 about 10:15 p.m. Friday. His girlfriend and her nephews corroborated his account of going to the bar. Hooten told police he hadn’t felt like drinking and walked by himself back to Cambridge Square Apartments.

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