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Missouri court sends Woodworth back to Chillicothe

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 | 3:45 p.m. CST; updated 4:50 p.m. CST, Tuesday, January 29, 2013

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Supreme Court is sending a Chillicothe man, whose murder conviction in the 1990 slaying of a rural neighbor was recently overturned, back to Livingston County as the state prepares to put him on trial a third time.

Mark Woodworth is serving a life sentence in the fatal shooting of Cathy Robertson. Woodworth was 16 when the wife of his father's business partner was killed. Lyndel Robertson survived the attack.

Missouri's high court ruled earlier this month that two former state prosecutors failed to share evidence that could have helped Woodworth's defense.

On Tuesday, the court revised its earlier opinion by ordering Woodworth's return to the Livingston County sheriff's custody. He is currently imprisoned at the Crossroads Correctional Center in Cameron but could be released on bond.


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