Mark Woodworth seeks release after judge's ruling

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 | 1:27 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A northwest Missouri man whose murder conviction was questioned by a judge is seeking his release from prison while the high court considers the case.

Mark Woodworth is serving a life sentence for his 1999 conviction in the death of neighbor Cathy Robertson nine years earlier in her Chillicothe home. Woodworth was also convicted at a 1995 trial but briefly released after a successful appeal.

Boone County Circuit Judge Gary Oxenhandler on Tuesday ruled that Woodworth, who was 16 at the time of the crime, was the victim of "a manifest injustice." He said Woodworth deserves either a new trial or release from prison after prosecutors failed to provide his lawyers with key evidence.

On Wednesday, Woodworth's lawyer asked the Missouri Supreme Court to release him on bail.

Woodworth got a new hearing last June, and Oxenhandler raised questions in November about the handling of the last trial.

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Bill Ferguson May 2, 2012 | 4:06 p.m.

Prosecutors do lie

Here is an example of two, Kenny Hulhof and Kevin Crane

Mark Woodworth has been incarcerated for nearly two decades of his life, on murder charges stemming from a 1990 farmhouse shooting that occurred when he was 16 years old. Special master Judge Gary Oxenhandler submitted on Tuesday his recommendation to the Missouri State Supreme Court that the charges against Woodworth be dropped.
Oxenhandler’s report consisted of 35 pages (plus evidence, flow charts, and memorandum submissions), and cited multiple “conflicts of interest” between judicial practitioners as his main reasoning behind his decision to have the case thrown out.
“This Court is hard-pressed to come up with a word or phrase in the English language that fairly describes the conflicts that existed with regard to Woodworth’s judicial process,” Oxenhandler said. “They could be the lyrics to a country and western song.”
In additional to Mark Woodworth’s 21 years we have Josh Kezer (16 years) and Dale Helmig (15 years) each had been prosecuted by Kenny Hulshog.

Now we have Jerry Trump testifing in court this month that it was Judge/Prosecutor Kevin Crane who came up with the idea for Trump to lie to the court in 2005 and help convict Ryan Ferguson an innocent man.

Watch the video for youself

Judge/Prosecutor Crane caught in LIE!!!!
Witness admits to perjury
Witness accuses Crane of lying

When will the prosecutorial misconduct stop?
When will these prosecutors answer to the courts for their misconduct?

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