Moultrie Observer

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January 7, 2013

Murder trial delayed

Alexander Woods one of 3 accused in 2004 slayings

MOULTRIE — One of three people accused in a quintuple slaying more than eight years ago was scheduled to go on trial Monday, but the trial was delayed by a scheduling conflict with a key witness.

Alexander Woods III, 34, of Valdosta, was formally charged in September in the slayings of Betty Faye Watts, 50; Katrina Darlene Watts “Tina” Resendez, 29; Juan Carlos Resendez, 3; Liliana Alegria Aguilar, 30; and 24-year-old Jaime Cruze Resendez. The five were found dead in their home on Highway 37 East Nov. 8, 2004.

One of Woods’ codefendants, Johnny Jerry Thompson, pleaded guilty in November 2011 to five counts of felony murder. He had been scheduled for trial that same month.

Thompson of Nashville, Ga., was sentenced to serve a life term on one of the five counts, with Superior Court Judge Richard M. Cowart suspending sentencing on the other four counts pending the adjudication of his codefendants’ cases. Thompson is expected to be a witness at any trials related to the case.

The third defendant is Wilma Ann Yvonne Stover, also of Nashville.

Colquitt County Assistant District Attorney Brian McDaniel said Monday that the trial is now scheduled for Feb. 11.

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