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Jurors shown videotape reenactment of elderly woman's killing

(WMC-TV) - Jurors in the murder trial of Rene Bourassa now know exactly how he beat an elderly woman to death with a cross in her northeast Arkansas church.

Wednesday, jurors viewed a videotaped reenactment of the crime Bourassa willingly made for investigators after his arrest.

Eighty-year-old Lillian Wilson died in June of 2010.  She had gone to her church to get everything in order before others arrived later.

Bourassa, a drifter whose car had broken down days earlier a short distance away, had broken in and was using the church as a place to stay.

There were no cameras inside the courtroom to record the videotaped reenactment of Bourassa's brutal assault of Wilson with the brass cross.

Bourassa confessed to investigators that he was captured and willingly returned to the church with them to reenact the crime.

Jurors are left to determine if Wilson's murder was premeditated or not.

Bourassa's attorneys said their client killed Wilson in a fit of rage after she spoke to him about God and forgiveness.  They are asking the jury to consider a lesser charge than capital murder.

Prosecutors want the death penalty and said the killing was premeditated.

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