Convicted Monticello Killer Loses Supreme Court Appeal

LITTLE ROCK, AR (Ben Caxton) — A Warren, Arkansas man sentenced to life in prison has lost his appeal to the Arkansas Supreme Court. 34-year-old Jonathan Woods murdered his girlfriend, 30-year-old Samantha Poole, outside a Monticello grocery store. The state had sought the death penalty. But a Drew County jury last year instead sentenced Woods to life in prison without the possibility of parole for capital murder plus 40 years for kidnapping. Woods appealed his murder conviction and life sentence to the Arkansas Supreme Court where he argued that there was racial bias in the jury selection process at his Drew County Circuit Court trial. He lost the appeal. The Arkansas Supreme Court upheld the convictions and sentences in rulings released last Thursday.

 

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