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Chillicothe News - Chillicothe, MO
  • Woodworth files civil lawsuit

  • Mark Woodworth, who spent more than 17 years incarcerated for a murder he said he didn't commit, has filed a civil lawsuit against multiple individuals and entities.
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  • Mark Woodworth, who spent more than 17 years incarcerated for a murder he said he didn’t commit, has filed a civil lawsuit against multiple individuals and entities. Charges regarding the 1990 shooting death of Catherine Robertson in rural Chillicothe, were dropped against Woodworth on July 15, 2014. Today, Woodworth’s attorney, Bob Ramsey, filed the civil lawsuit in the U.S.  District Court, Western District. “They took 17-1⁄2 years, plus time worrying about it facing charges from this innocent man’s life,” Ramsey told the  Constitution-Tribune today. “Somebody needs to pay for that, and I don’t know of a better way than to go after the people who are responsible for this.” Leading the defendant list of 13 individuals as well as Livingston County and the city of Chillicothe and their respective law enforcement agencies, is Kenneth Hulshof, who led the prosecution of Woodworth on behalf of the Missouri Attorney General’s office.
    Defendants listed on the complaint: Kenneth Hulshof
    Lyndel Robertson
    Rochelle (Robertson) Koehly
    Brandon Patric Hagan
    Kenneth Lewis
    Gary Calvert
    Terry L. Deister
    R. Brent Elliott
    Rachel Smith
    John Williams
    David Miller
    Livingston County
    Livingston County Sheriff’s Department
    City of Chillicothe
    City of Chillicothe Police Department
    Jenny Smith
    Bruce Clemonds The 64-page complaint states that Woodworth was twice wrongfully convicted for murder and other serious offenses. “Officials of the criminal justice system in Livingston County and other law enforcement officials conspired with civilians who were acting under color of state law, to cruelly and cold-bloodedly frame Mark Woodworth for crimes he was innocent of.” The complaint states that the conspirators accomplished their goals “by conducting a sham investigation, fabricating false evidence, suppressing exculpatory evidence and concealing their conspiratorial acts, until serious Brady violations were uncovered in 2009.”

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