Jury Finds Valcarenghi Guilty in Murder Case

The jury deliberating the fate of Marc Valcarenghi went home Tuesday evening. Valcarenghi is accused of murdering a woman in a Chico motel.

Posted: May. 29, 2018 12:59 PM
Updated: Jun. 1, 2018 5:48 PM

UPDATE: 6/1/2018 4:15 p.m.

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OROVILLE, Calif.—Valcarenghi has been found guilty by a jury of first degree murder of Audra Houston.

The jury deliberated for eight hours.

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UPDATE 5/29/18 5:43 p.m.

OROVILLE, Calif. --
 
The jury deliberating the fate of Marc Valcarenghi went home Tuesday evening. Valcarenghi is accused of murdering a woman in a Chico motel.

The prosecution and defense delivered their closing arguments Tuesday afternoon as Valcarenghi sat motionless in the courtroom.

The jurors were handed the case and began deliberating at 2:30 p.m. At 5 p.m., the jury was sent home after not reaching a verdict Tuesday afternoon.

Marc Valcarenghi's trial started three weeks ago and closing arguments were held Tuesday afternoon. The defense said Audra Houston died because she and Valcarenghi were simply "caught up in the moment."

The prosecution swiftly contradicted the defense's argument, saying due to the injuries on Houston's body, Valcarenghi's story was just not reasonable.

Audra Houston's body was found under the bed in her room at the Safari Inn, last July.

The jurors return for deliberations on Friday morning.

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OROVILLE, Calif.—Closing arguments are underway in the trail of Marc Valcarenghi, the man accused of murdering a woman at a Chico motel.

Audra Houston’s body was found under the bed in her room at the Safari Inn last July.

Prosecutors say Valcarenghi beat and strangled Houston.

Valcarenghi took the stand in his own defense to say Houston accidentally strangled herself with clothing during consensual activity between the two.

Valcarenghi also said that the two of them were shooting methamphetamines.

Opening arguments in the trail started on May 7th.

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