October 25, 2014

Chillicothe man’s murder conviction overturned by Supreme Court

The State Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned the murder conviction of a man who had been sentenced to life in prison for a 19-90 murder.

Chillicothe resident Mark Woodworth has been serving time for shooting a neighboring farmer and his wife … Woodworth was 16 at the time.

He’s been ordered released within 60 days, unless prosecutors decide to retry him.

Woodworth was convicted of fatally shooting Catherine Robertson and wounding her husband, Lyndel Robertson, as they slept. But his attorney says the conviction was “tainted” by prosecutors’ failure to turn over evidence, including copies of letters between a Livingston County judge, prosecutors and Lyndal Robertson that could have cast doubt on Woodworth’s guilt.

From his hospital bed, Lyndel Robertson initially identified his oldest daughter’s ex-boyfriend – not Woodworth – as the likely shooter, according to court records. But Robertson later testified that he named the ex-boyfriend – who has denied involvement – only as a possible suspect.