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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

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JEFFERSONVILLE —

Clark County Prosecutor Steve Stewart said Wednesday, after Hooten’s initial court hearing, that he will decided within two weeks if he will pursue the death penalty. Congruent with the rest of Hooten’s remarks during the press conference, he was nonchalant about of the idea he could be sentenced to death.

“If they want to take my life for a life, that’s fine,” he said.

He said he decided to talk to the media in an effort to provide closure and help Willenborg’s family.

“I am sorry for what I done,” he said. “It’s the first time I ever have did that to anybody, especially that young of a girl.” 

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