Mark Woodworth faces a third trial for a 1990 murder in northwest Missouri.
It will now be Monday before a decision is made in third murder trial of Mark Woodworth. Woodworth has been convicted twice for the 1990 murder, but both convictions have been overturned.
A hearing for the case of a Missouri man who is about to stand trial for his neighbor’s murder for the third time happened Friday morning.
PLATTE CO., Mo. - A Missouri man accused of murder was back in court Friday facing a third trial for murder that happened more than 20 years ago.
Mark Woodworth was
released last February after his conviction was overturned twice for the 1990 murder of Cathy Robertson, a neighbor in northwest Missouri.
The courtroom in Platte City was packed from both sides waiting to see what will happen next in this lengthy court battle.
The Chillicothe resident also had company in the courtroom from another familiar face: Ryan Ferguson, who served 10 years in jail for a murder in Columbia, Mo. he did not commit.
Ferguson was also recently released from jail, and believes Woodworth has also been wrongfully convicted.
"Absolutely, I believe he's innocent, I wouldn't be here otherwise," Ferguson said.
Currently, both men are free, but Woodworth will
face a third trial this summer.
"Everything has been on the table and they've tried to distract over and over again," Robertson's daughter Rhonda said.
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is continuing to pursue Woodworth's case; meanwhile his attorneys hope to get the United States Attorney General's office dismissed.
The judge has until Monday to make a decision about whether he will dismiss the attorney general's office from this case.
Mark Woodworth's trial has been scheduled for July 21, 2014.