COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The northwest Missouri man whose murder conviction was recently questioned by a Boone County judge will remain in prison while the state Supreme Court considers whether he should be set free or receive a new trial.
The high court on Friday denied without explanation Mark Woodworth’s bail request.
Woodworth sought his temporary release after Boone County Circuit Judge Gary Oxenhandler ruled on May 1 that state prosecutors failed to turn over key evidence to Woodworth’s lawyers. Oxenhandler was appointed by the Missouri Supreme Court to review the case.
Woodworth was 16 when his neighbor, Cathy Robertson, was shot to death in her sleep in 1990. He is serving a life sentence for murder.
The state Attorney General’s Office opposed Woodworth’s release in a legal brief filed on Thursday.