Decisions in Woodworth Trial Delayed

| May 31, 2013
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A decision on a request for a speedy trial for Mark Woodworth, 38, will likely be made July 1st.

Platte County Judge Owens Lee Hull, Jr. will consider the state’s motion for a Preservation Deposition, which was entered at Friday morning’s hearing. Will Gibbons currently resides in the state of California.  He serves in the National Guard, and could be deployed at any time.  According to the prosecution, Gibbons transported Brandon Hagan from Independence to Chillicothe the day after Cathy Robertson’s murder.  Court records indicate Hagan was in a “rocky romantic relationship” with the Robertson’s daughter, Rochelle, at the time of the shooting.  The State wants to have his deposition on file in case he is overseas when the trial begins.  Woodworth’s attorney objected, but was overruled.

The defense entered a motion for a change of venue, which will also be considered June 1st.

Woodworth was found guilty twice during the 1990s for the shooting death of his neighbor, Cathy Robertson, and the wounding of her husband, Lyndel.  The Missouri Supreme Court overturned the second conviction in January.

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