Howard was tried for invading the home of 92-year-old Fannie Tekavec’s home.
News reports say the convict gained entry by pretending to be a delivery man. Once inside the home, he is accused of beating the elderly Tekavec and robbing her of about $20,000 in jewelry and $928 in cash.
The crime occurred October 21, 2014 in Rostraver, Pennsylvania. The conviction was reported July 9, 2015.
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Tekavec told Channel 11 News she was left with a fractured vertebra after she was shoved against her refrigerator and forced to the floor during the Oct. 21 incident in Rostraver Township.
“My back is bad. My neck is not healed, so I'm walking around with this the rest of my life,” she said. "I wake up many nights in a sweat."
Howard, who represented himself, opened up the trial Tuesday arguing that the evidence presented by prosecutors was fabricated and denied ever being a part of the home invasion.
"The commonwealth’s evidence is faulty, and police reports are manufactured,” he said while being led back to jail. “They don't have no evidence against me.”
However, surveillance video shown in court Wednesday proved otherwise, according to prosecutors.
Prosecutors said the footage shows Howard and his two accomplices returning to Howard’s apartment moments after the home invasion.
In part of that video, the man prosecutors identified as Howard is seen carrying a white bag, which investigators said the stolen jewelry and cash was stashed in.
Howard requested a mistrial in the middle of testimony Wednesday, but the judge denied his request.
According to Channel 11’s news partners at TribLIVE, Howard showed no emotion during closing arguments and said that the prosecution’s case was based on “optical illusions” and “incomplete evidence.”
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