Clifford Wood convicted of first-degree murder

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LOUISA, VA (CBS19 NEWS) A jury in Louisa County has convicted Clifford "Peter Wood III of first-degree murder for the death of Sean Houchens in 2017.

The jury recommended a life sentence plus three years for the murder charge and a charge for using a firearm in the commission of a murder.

During the trial, facts were established showing that on Sept. 1, 2017, Wood was upset with his mistress and sent intimidating text messages about men at their residence.

He went to the residence at 1:40 a.m. and confronted Houchens, pulling out a Glock .45 and shooting Houchens four times.

Wood ran away from the scene and threw his phone and the gun into a cornfield in Hanover County before abandoning his car at a hotel in Doswell.

Officials say Wood then headed to Tennessee, at which time, the Louisa County Sheriff's Office enlisted the U.S. Marshal's Service and the Virginia State Police.

Law enforcement caught up with Wood in Northern Virginia on Sept. 11.

During the trial, the defense tried to prove that Wood shot Houchens in self-defense.

However, the jury took less than 30 minutes to side with the prosecution and convict Wood on all charges.

Jurors then deliberated for less than five minutes before recommending the maximum sentences.

Wood will be sentenced on March 25.



 
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