All charges against Mark Woodworth, who was convicted in the 1990 shooting death of his neighbor, Cathy Robertson, in rural Chillicothe, have been dropped.
All charges against Mark Woodworth, who was convicted in the 1990 shooting death of his neighbor, Cathy Robertson, in rural Chillicothe, have been dropped. The dismissal of all charges were filed at the Platte County Courthouse in Platte City. Woodworth’s attorney, Bob Ramsey, said he learned of this development around 1:30 p.m. today (Tuesday). He said he immediately contacted Woodworth to let him know. “Mark is a very down-to-earth, easy-going person,” Ramsey said. “I know he has a tremendous sense of relief. This has been a big load for him to carry.” Woodworth was convicted twice in the shooting death of Robertson and the criminal assault of her husband, Lyndel. Woodworth, 39, spent most of his adult life behind bars, having been indicted by a grand jury in 1993 in Livingston County. He was released on a $500,000 bond in 1997 and returned to the family farm, staying until 1999, when he was convicted a second time. He was released on bond in February 2013, and had been awaiting a possible third trial. Ramsey got involved shortly after Woodworth lost his appeal from the second conviction. “Dale Whiteside contacted me and prevailed upon me to interview Mark,” Ramsey said. “When I started reiewing things, I felt compelled to get involved.” “It jumped out at me that something really rotten had taken place,” he said. “My gut reaction has been confirmed over and over again.”