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July 3, 2013Platte City, MO |  By: AP

Woodworth Change of Venue Approved

The case of a northwest Missouri man facing a third murder trial in his neighbor's 1990 death has been moved to another county.

An attorney for Chillicothe defendant Mark Woodworth says Platte County Circuit Judge Owens Lee Hulls Jr. agreed Monday to the change of venue request. Woodworth was first convicted of murder in 1995 for killing Cathy Robertson while she slept in her Livingston County home. Her husband, Lyndel, was also shot but survived. The first conviction was overturned on appeal, and a second jury found Woodworth guilty four years later and sentenced him to life in prison. The Missouri Supreme Court overturned that conviction in January over evidence it said Woodworth and his previous lawyers never received.