The man on trial for murdering a Cleveland school teacher in April 2008, took the stand in his own defense Wednesday.
Euclid Police say Richard Penque, 24, shot Marilyn Habian, 54, in her home on Ball Avenue. Habian was found shot to death in her basement. She died of a single gunshot wound to the chest.
Penque was a neighbor who lived across the street from Habian.
Police say Penque killed Habian, and then put combustibles on top of the stove and started a fire.
Police believe the motive was burglary.
Habian was a teacher at the Alexander Graham Bell School at Jesse Owens on Larchmere Blvd.
The Euclid Police Department solved the cold case and Penque was subsequently indicted on September 30, 2011.
Penque was actually serving time for another crime when the indictment came down and he had been scheduled to be released from prison that day.