On the second day of a jury trial in which Brown, 48, 7421 Back Orrville Road, Wooster, is facing murder charges in Hout’s death, several witnesses testified that Brown spent the night May 4 at an Orrville home in Hout’s neighborhood. The next day, May 5, he and a friend planned to visit Hout’s residence on McGill Street.
In a videotaped interview with Orrville Police Det. Josh Hunt on May 16, Brown said he spent Wednesday evening at home and went to work early Thursday morning.
Hout’s death was reported by Brown at approximately 7:17 p.m., May 5. Brown was arrested after the May 16 interview, allegedly tied to the crime scene by a broken beer bottle neck that had his fingerprints in Hout’s blood on it.
Orrville resident Lisa Corn testified that Brown had stayed overnight at her home May 4. He arrived there in the evening and took a “long shower” that last about 45 minutes, Corn said.
Two mutual friends arrived at Corn’s residence the same evening. One of the friends, Chris Linkous, said he and Brown planned to visit Hout Thursday. However, Linkous was unable to go the next day.
Corn described Brown as a friend and said he sometimes stayed overnight at her place because it is closer to work for Brown. Brown’s mother had been giving him a ride to work from their Wooster residence, Corn said, and Brown didn’t like inconveniencing his mother in this way.
On May 5, Corn said, Brown got up at 10 a.m. and said he was going to visit Hout. Corn and Linkous said they both learned of Hout’s death later that evening. Linkous ran to Hout’s residence after hearing of her death and found Brown there “pacing, real distraught.”
Brown was confronted with the evidence on the bottle neck by Hunt in the May 16 interview. Brown denied he had anything to do with Hout’s death, repeating his version of the events of May 3-5 as previously told to police.
During the course of the interview, Brown became angry and defensive. Hunt testified he used an interrogation method known as “a way out,” telling Brown he personally did not believe Brown would intentionally harm Hout. Hunt said he his intention was to draw a confession out of Brown before arresting him.
Hunt took Brown’s glasses and shoes into evidence at the close of the interview.
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney John Williams is expected to continue with the state’s case today.
Published: September 27, 2011