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July 25, 2013Kansas City, MO |  By: AP

Woodworth Conviction Update

State prosecutors say they acted in good faith while trying to locate a witness for the pending retrial of a Chillicothe man accused of his neighbor's 1990 killing.

Mark Woodworth's attorneys want a Platte County judge to dismiss the charges, saying the Missouri Attorney General's Office misled the judge about the witness' availability. Prosecutors had said the British ballistics expert who previously testified couldn't be located and wasn't available for trial. Woodworth's legal team says it found the expert with a simple Internet search. The state's response cites its pending appeal of a ruling that threw out much of the ballistics evidence. Woodworth was twice convicted of shooting Cathy Robertson to death while she slept. Both convictions were overturned on appeal.