News and Tribune

Clark County

March 7, 2013

7:15 P.M. UPDATE: Accused rapist, murderer holds bizarre press conference

Richard Hooten says he doesn’t know why he murdered Clarksville teenager

(Continued)

JEFFERSONVILLE —

During Thursday’s interview, Hooten tried to recount his actions.

“I didn’t really plan it,” he said. “I went in to her apartment. She was a pretty girl, you know. I didn’t know that she was 17. I thought she was like 19 or 20, you know.”

A reporter attending the press conference asked if it would have made any difference if he had known Willenborg was minor.

“Not really,” Hooten answered. “Maybe a little bit because she was a minor, you know. Seventeen years old is a minor to me.”

 

HISTORY OF CRIME

Hooten said he has committed four or five rapes in his life, the first taking place when he was in his 20s. Hooten said that he had never before raped a person younger than him.

When asked why he commits such terrible crimes, Hooten responded by only shaking his head back and forth. He said he had been to prison three times following rape convictions.

Hooten said during the interview he had raped a woman as recently as around the first of the year. He said he had only met the woman once, and the assault took place behind a bar on Third Street in Louisville. He said the woman was about 50 years old, and he couldn’t remember her name.

Hooten said he felt “pretty bad” that he killed Willenborg, and said the rape had unintentionally escalated to her death.

He said after he realized she had died, he tried to revive her by performing CPR. He then tried to stage the scene to make it appear Willenborg committed suicide.

Hooten said he didn’t call for authorities so Willenborg’s life could have possibly been saved because, “I was scared because I did that crime.”

He said that he thinks he should remain in jail and knows he needs help.

Text Only | Photo Reprints

LOCAL MAGAZINES
Easter 2014 photos


Click on any photo to purchase it.

LOCAL STATISTICS
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow
2013 Photos of the year


Take a look at our most memorable photos from 2013.