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Texas Justice: Brandon Woodruff

“Texas Justice: Brandon Woodruff” takes a hard-hitting look at the case of Brandon Woodruff. In October 2005, Texas prosecutors charged Brandon Dale Woodruff — then a 19-year-old freshman at Abilene Christian University — with murdering his parents Dennis and Norma. Unable to make the $1 million bail he sat in Hunt County Jail for more than three years awaiting trial. When the case finally was presented to a Greenville jury in northeast Texas the prosecution essentially posited during the 12-day trial that Brandon Woodruff was living a double life based on lies who ditched classes at ACU for gay adventures in wild Dallas. Faced with flunking out and returning home to a hick town the prosecutors argued that Brandon killed his disappointed parents for their life insurance so he would be free to pursue his gay life with carefree abandon. On March 20, 2009, the jury convicted Brandon Woodruff after only five hours of deliberation. The state earlier had waived the death penalty, and he automatically was sentenced to a life term behind bars.

  • Scott Poggensee
  • Scott Poggensee
  • Scott Poggensee
  • Christopher Bruning
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    1 hour 14 minutes 47 seconds
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    January 28, 2019
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    United States
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    United States
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Director - Scott Poggensee