Update: Lufkin sex offender sentenced to life in prison for child's beating death
POSTED: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 8:26am
UPDATED: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 7:30pm
Update: Jurors sentenced Woodard to life in prison late Monday evening.
Update: Jurors found Kerry Jock Woodard guilty of first-degree murder just before 1:30 pm Monday. Woodard's charge was reduced from capital murder to first-degree murder on Friday.
The trial now enters the sentencing phase. He faces life in prison for the crime.
The capital murder trial of Kerry Jock Woodard, a Lufkin sex offender accused in the December 2010 death of his girlfriend's 3 year old son, begins today.
Woodard's case will be heard by an Angelina County jury in state district Judge Barry Bryan's courtroom.
Woodard was charged with capital murder in the beating death of Zi'Keishun "Zi" Lane, who was injured while in Woodard's care while the child's mother, Valerie Mosby, was at work.
Lane was rushed to a local hospital, then airlifted to a Houston hospital, where he later died. His autopsy showed more than 100 bruises and liver damage.
At the time of Woodard's arrest, the Angelina County Sheriff's Department called it the worst alleged child abuse death they'd seen.