Mo. Supreme Court Hears Woodworth challenge
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A northwest Missouri man appealing his murder conviction in a neighbor's 1990 death is taking his case Thursday to the state Supreme Court.
Mark Woodworth was 16 when Cathy Robertson was shot to death while sleeping in her rural home near Chillicothe. He was first convicted in a 1995 jury trial. A second jury convicted Woodworth four years later after he was briefly released on appeal.
A Boone County judge appointed by the Missouri Supreme Court in an advisory role wrote in May that Woodworth was the victim of "a manifest injustice" and deserves to be freed or receive a third trial.
Thursday morning's hearing was scheduled to last 30 minutes, with an online audio stream. The court was not expected to rule immediately.