VIDEO: Opening Statements Made In William Woodward Double-Murder Trial

By  //  January 17, 2018

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ABOVE VIDEO: Opening statements began Wednesday in the case against a Titusville man accused of killing two neighbors and injuring a third.

BREVARD COUNTY • TITUSVILLE, FLORIDA (WFTV) – Opening statements began Wednesday in the case against a Titusville man accused of killing two neighbors and injuring a third.

William Woodward, 49, is accused of fatally shooting Gary Lee Hembree and Roger Picior on Labor Day in 2012.

Timothy Blake was shot multiple times and survived.

The defense claims Woodward suffered months of threats and was defending his family.

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“This is an accumulation of a month’s worth of harassment and threats to rape his daughter,” defense attorney Greg Eisenmenger said. “And one of the most important threats to remember — that had been made on more than one occasion — during this month, is to burn their house while they sleep.”

Prosecutors also said the feud between Woodward and the victims started weeks before the shootings when Woodward accused Hembree’s daughter of stealing a present left at his home.

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