Woodworth Attorneys Seek Testimony from Gov. Nixon
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - A Chillicothe man facing a third murder trial in his neighbor's 1990 death wants Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to testify about his involvement in the case.
Attorneys for Mark Woodworth on Monday filed a legal motion seeking to depose Nixon, a Democrat in his second term in office. Nixon previously spent 16 years as Missouri attorney general.
Woodworth's 1995 conviction for shooting Cathy Robertson was overturned on appeal. A second jury found him guilty four years later and sentenced Woodworth to life in prison. The Missouri Supreme Court overturned that conviction in January over evidence it said he never received.
The new filing says Woodworth's attorneys want to learn more about Nixon's oversight of former state special prosecutor Kenny Hulshof, who would later served six terms in Congress.
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