A Livingston County man twice convicted in the 1990 murder of a Chillicothe woman appeared in court Monday morning. Platte County Judge Owens Hull Jr. was expected to rule on the defense’s requests for a speedy trial and a change of venue. KMZU Reporter Sarah Scott was present for the proceedings and said Woodworth’s attorney, Robert Ramsey, withdrew his request for a protective order. His motion for a change of venue was granted, however, the case will remain in Platte County.
The prosecution asked that jurors be bused in from another county, south of Platte County. Scott said Judge Hull deferred his ruling on that matter, but did indicate he would be inclined to go along with the request.
Woodworth was found guilty by two separate juries in the 1990s. Prosecutors said Woodworth fatally shot his neighbor Cathy Robertson and seriously wounded her husband, Lyndel, as they slept in their Chillicothe home. Woodworth’s first conviction in 1995 was overturned on appeal. A second jury found him guilty four years later and he was sentenced to life in prison.
These recent court proceedings stem from a Supreme Court ruling earlier this year in which justices overturned Woodworth’s second conviction. The 38-year-old was released from custody in February on a $50,000 bond.
A future court date has not been set at this time.
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