The attorney for a Chillicothe man, facing a third murder trial, is raising concerns about the roles the county judge, court clerk, and sheriff played in his client’s convictions. Mark Woodworth, 38, was twice convicted in the 1990s for the shooting death of his neighbor Cathy Robertson. The Missoui Supreme Court overturned the conviction earlier this year and Woodworth was released from custody on a $50,000 bond.
During a court appearance Monday, Woodworth’s attorney, Robert Ramsey, filed a motion to suppress evidence and bar the state’s ballistics and fingerprint expert’s testimony. He also entered a motion to dismiss the case. He argued that Livingston County Circuit Judge Brent Elliott destroyed documents in an unrelated case. Platte County Judge Owens Hull Jr. did not rule on the motions and granted Ramsey until March 28th to submit documentation for review. Woodworth will next appear in court on Apr. 18 at 10:30 a.m.