Woodworth awaits word on release pending retrial
Thu, 14 Feb 2013 16:30:50 GMT —
PLATTSBURG, Mo. (AP) -- A Chillicothe man whose murder conviction in the 1990 slaying of a neighbor was recently overturned could learn on Friday whether he will be released from prison as the state seeks a new trial.
Mark Woodworth is seeking his release on bond after the Missouri Supreme Court ruled in January that prosecutors failed to share evidence that could have helped his defense.
He appeared in Clinton County Circuit Court on Thursday, joined by dozens of friends and family members. Circuit Judge Owens Lee Hull Jr. says he expects to rule on the bond motion by Friday.
Woodworth is serving a life sentence in the fatal shooting of Cathy Robertson. Woodworth was 16 when the wife of his father's business partner was killed. Husband Lyndel Robertson survived the attack.