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March 12, 2009

Jurors view Brandon Woodruff’s video statements

GREENVILLE — The sister of Brandon Dale Woodruff took the witness stand Thursday, to testify for the prosecution during day six of Woodruff’s trial on a charge of capital murder.

Jurors Thursday viewed videotaped statements the defendant gave — one to investigators and one to a television station — in connection with the deaths of his parents, Dennis and Norma Woodruff, whom he was alleged to have killed in their Royse City-area home in October 2005.

Testimony is expected to continue today in the 354th District Court.

Charla Woodruff recounted her version of the events of the night of Oct. 16, 2005, the night when prosecutors allege Brandon Woodruff shot and stabbed his mother and father. Their bodies were found two days later.

Charla Woodruff is currently employed as a detective in Magnolia County, Arkansas, but in the fall of 2005 she was attending Southern Arkansas University. On the night in question, she testified she had been visiting relatives in Texarkana and was preparing to return to the campus in Magnolia, Ark., about an hour away. Charla Woodruff said her mom and grandmother talked on the phone briefly at around 9 p.m., and Charla told her grandmother to let her parents know she would call them when she got back to the university.

She said she tried at 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. that night, but never got through to her parents. She said she wasn’t concerned at that point because it sometimes happened that her parents would call her right back once they saw she had called on their Caller ID.

By the next night, Charla Woodruff still had not talked to her parents, so she contacted Brandon Woodruff and asked him to try. Charla said Brandon promised to try and would call her back, but did not.

Charla said on the morning of Oct. 18, she tried calling other family members, to see if they had made any contact with her parents. Charla said she called her mother’s job that morning.

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