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Chillicothe News - Chillicothe, MO
  • Mo. Supreme Court to hear Woodworth challenge

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  • JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The state Supreme Court will hear arguments Oct. 4 in the case of a northwest Missouri man appealing his murder conviction in the 1990 death of a neighbor.
    The hearing comes five months after a Boone County judge appointed by the high court in an advisory role deemed Mark Woodworth a victim of ''a manifest injustice.'' The judge concluded the Chillicothe man should be freed or receive a new trial.
    Woodworth was 16 when Cathy Robertson was shot to death in 1990 in her rural Livingston County home. He was first convicted in a 1995 jury trial. A second jury convicted Woodworth four years later after he was briefly released on appeal.
    The Oct. 4 hearing starts at 9:30 a.m. and will be carried live online.

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