A Chillicothe man twice-convicted of murder will appear in a Platte County Courtroom Friday morning. Judge Owens Lee Hull, Junior is expected to rule on a request for a speedy trial for Mark Woodworth, 38.
Woodworth was found guilty of fatally shooting his neighbor Cathy Robertson and wounding her husband, Lyndel, as they slept in their Chillicothe farm home in 1990. Woodworth’s 1995 conviction was overturned on appeal. A second jury found him guilty four years later and he was sentenced to life in prison. The Missouri Supreme Court overturned the second verdict in early January 2013. One month later, Woodworth was released from custody on a $50,000 bond. The state then filed their intent to retry Woodworth.
A request for a speedy trial was filed by Woodworth’s attorney, Robert Ramsey, on May 13th. At that time the State filed a Motion to Take Deposition to Preserve Testimony. Friday’s court proceedings get underway at 9:00 a.m. in Platte City.