A Chillicothe man waits to hear from the highest court in Missouri regarding a case that’s now more than 20 years old. Mark Woodworth was originally convicted in the murder of Cathy Robertson in 1995. Since that time, he has been serving a life sentence and fighting his way through the appeals process.
On October 4th of this year, the Woodworth case was presented before the Missouri Supreme Court who has yet to hand down their opinion.
Woodworth’s attorney, Robert Ramsey, said the delay is not completely unexpected due to the fact, in his opinion, some unusual circumstances surround the case. “Some questions they raised involve the consideration of releasing Mark outright without another trial,” said Ramsey,” We gave them a couple of grounds for that and one is the prosecution’s misconduct and the conduct of the investigators that was a violation of due process and was so extreme that it would be double jeopardy to expose him to that again.”
Susan Ryan, spokesperson for the Robertson family, said they continue to have faith that justice will be served. “We have every confidence that the Missouri Supreme Court will review the actual evidence that was used to convict Mark Woodworth not once, but twice,” said Ryan,” That evidence was also reviewed by the appeals court that upheld the juries’ decision. That’s what we have to stop and think about. Our judicial system is based on allowing a jury of 12 people to review the evidence. They are the very best people to see what evidence is here.”
Ramsey has asked for Woodworth to be released outright, the special master recommended a new trial, and the State wants the original conviction to stand. No word at this time when the court will release their decision.