Rauhuff murder trial begins today
By J.J. Kindred | (email@example.com)
Jury selection begins today in the trial of one of two Blount County residents charged with criminal homicide in an October 2010 incident.
Jimmy Lynn Rauhuff, 42, Cave Road, Friendsville, was charged with beating 65-year-old James Arthur Moser to death inside his home, also on Cave Road. He is being held on $750,000 bond in the Blount County Detention Facility.
Rauhuff’s alleged accomplice, Crystal Victoria Summey, 36, Stephens Road, Greenback, is also being held on $750,000 bond. Her trial is scheduled to begin Aug. 20.
Blount County Sheriff’s Office Detective Doug Davis was the only witness to testify during a preliminary hearing in February 2011 in front of Judge Michael Gallegos, who sent the case to a Blount County grand jury.
Davis responded to Moser’s home on Oct. 18, 2010. He told then Blount County Assistant District Attorney (now Judge) Tammy Harrington about Moser’s injuries, stating that he was in a “pool of blood” and was very badly beaten about the head. He said the blood appeared to be old, and the injury wasn’t fresh.
An autopsy confirmed that Moser died of multiple blunt force injuries, according to Davis’ testimony. He also told Harrington that both Rauhuff’s and Summey’s stories changed several times, initially both saying they hadn’t been to Moser’s home at all.
Soon after Moser’s death, Summey attempted to commit suicide and was in the hospital, Davis said. Rauhuff told Davis he thought Summey killed Moser, since she had tried to commit suicide, according to the testimony. But when Summey got out of the hospital, she talked to Davis again, first saying she simply witnessed Rauhuff hitting Moser with a hammer.
In another interview, she said that after Rauhuff beat Moser, Rauhuff said to her, “Do you love me?” and took her hand and made her hit Moser in the head.
Summey also told Davis that Rauhuff had stolen Moser’s wallet, which contained at least $200. Moser’s pistol was also stolen.
The grand jury indicted Rauhuff and Summey in May 2011.
Opening testimony is scheduled to begin in the afternoon, with Judge David Duggan presiding. Attorney Rob White is representing Rauhuff.