Appeals court to hear testimony in Woodworth case

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A state appeals court is to hear arguments about whether a bullet removed from a northwest Missouri man's liver can be presented as evidence in the third murder trial of his former neighbor.

Attorneys for Mark Woodworth say a private detective tampered with a bullet removed from Lyndel Robertson nearly two years after Robertson and his wife were shot in their rural Chillicothe home in November 1990.

Woodworth was 16 at the time of the shooting that seriously wounded Robertson and killed his wife, Cathy Robertson. The Missouri Supreme Court vacated Woodworth's second murder conviction earlier this year.

A hearing on the ballistics evidence is scheduled Tuesday.

Attorney General Chris Koster's office says Woodworth has no proof of tampering by the private detective investigator nor by a ballistics expert.


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