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News - July 15, 2022

CEO charged with murder of woman 30 years ago

Victim's family reacts to arrest in Mountain View cold-case murder

by Malea Martin

Thirty years after a woman was strangled to death in Mountain View, a Bay Area tech CEO has now been charged for her murder.

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Posted by Jennifer
a resident of another community
on Jul 11, 2022 at 5:17 pm

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With two hung juries, he should've been in prison 30 years ago. I hope he's finally convicted.

Posted by Mondoman
a resident of Green Acres
on Jul 11, 2022 at 10:05 pm

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Thanks for mentioning the scholarship in your story -- it seems like a good memorial for Ms. Houts.

Posted by jr1
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Jul 12, 2022 at 12:53 pm

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In 1991 Jeanne Pichulo was murdered in Cupertino. I worked with her father at a local semiconductor company. I sure hope police were able to get DNA and solve this crime, sometime in the next couple years. I didn't know her, knew her father he was a really great guy.

Posted by III
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 12, 2022 at 1:53 pm

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CEO of a 1 man operation......
President, CEO, Sales Manager, and maybe soon
new career title: convicted prisoner for life title.

Posted by Green Gables
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 12, 2022 at 5:53 pm

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Readytech website says 365 employees.

Posted by Fr0hickey
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jul 12, 2022 at 5:58 pm

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Woodward was jealous of Houts because her boyfriend, Woodward’s roommate, romantically liked Houts more than him.

Posted by vmshadle
a resident of Meadow Park
on Jul 13, 2022 at 12:31 pm

vmshadle is a registered user.

Fr0hickey, what's your point? That information was already included in the article. Why repeat it?

Just in case you are worried, allow me to assure you that I and the vast majority of the LGBTQ+ community form successful relationships without becoming (alleged) murderers.

Posted by Mildred Johnson
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jul 13, 2022 at 1:13 pm

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Mr. Woodward should have known that there wasn't any potential for a romantic relationship between him and his male roomate who was straight.

Can this incident be considered a crime of passion or a relentless unwillingness to accept reality?

Posted by vmshadle
a resident of Meadow Park
on Jul 13, 2022 at 3:56 pm

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Mildred Johnson, the sad truth is that speculating about the reason(s)/motive for this alleged murder neither provides an excuse nor brings back the victim. More will come out at trial, I am sure. (If it helps, I am embarrassed to claim him as a part of my community.)

Posted by David
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 23, 2022 at 8:21 pm

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Serious question — if the second mistrial was followed by a dismissal for insufficient evidence, why doesn’t double jeopardy apply?

Posted by Brian
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Jul 25, 2022 at 9:53 am

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@ David,
It appears you haven't watched enough police/legal television shows like a lot of people, myself included. I refer specifically to Law and Order. If you had, you would probably understand the answer to your question. My post is all in good fun! :-) :-) :-)
Please, everyone, don't come down too hard on me for making some humor out of a serious and sad situation.

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