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June 5, 2013Columbia, MO |  By: AP

Woodworth Seeks Venue Change

A Chillicothe man facing a third murder trial in his neighbor's 1990 death is again asking to move the case to a neighboring county.

Mark Woodworth was first convicted of murder in 1995 for killing Cathy Robertson in Livingston County. The case was moved to Clinton County because of extensive pretrial publicity. A second jury found him guilty four years later and sentenced Woodworth to life in prison. The Missouri Supreme Court overturned that conviction in January over evidence it said he never received. Woodworth's defense lawyers on Tuesday filed a formal request to move the third trial to Platte County, in part because a Livingston County judge is also a potential witness. A hearing on the venue request change is scheduled for July 1.