A Chillicothe man appeared in a Platte County courtroom Thursday afternoon. 38-year-old Mark Woodworth was released from custody in February. That came after the Missouri Supreme Court overturned his conviction in the 1990 shooting death of his neighbor Cathy Robertson. Prior to that ruling, he was serving a life sentence.
Platte County Judge Owens Hull Jr. today denied the defense request to compel Governor Jay Nixon to testify at Woodworth’s third trial. The attorney general’s office argued that Nixon doesn’t have any relevant information. The defense believed there were conversations between Nixon and then-special state prosecutor Kenny Hulshof as well as Judge Brent Elliott.
Woodworth’s attorney plans to file a motion to depose Elliott in the coming days. A future court hearing has not been scheduled at this time.