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July 11, 2013Kansas City, MO |  By: AP

Woodworth Update

Attorneys for a Chillicothe man facing a third murder trial are seeking the dismissal of charges, saying the prosecution misled the judge about the availability of a key witness as part of a pattern of withholding evidence.

Mark Woodworth was twice convicted in the 1995 killing of his neighbor, Cathy Robertson, in Livingston County. The Missouri Supreme Court overturned Woodworth's conviction in January over evidence it said Woodworth and his previous lawyers never received. The latest issue is tied to the prosecution saying that a British ballistics expert was unavailable. Woodworth's defense said in a motion filed Monday that it took only minutes to find the expert using the Internet. The attorney general's office says it will respond to the motion in writing.