Lufkin child murdering suspect gets continuance

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A district judge has granted a continuance in the case of a Lufkin man accused in the murder of his girlfriend's three-year-old son.

District Judge Barry Bryan approved a new jury selection date of Sept. 24.

Kerry Jock Woodard, 27, is charged with capital murder. He was previously set for a jury selection on Aug. 6.

According to a previous interview, Lt. Pete Cooper with the Angelina County Sheriff's Office said investigators opened the case after the child, Zikeishun Lane, died at a Houston hospital in December 2010 after suffering multiple injuries, including a lacerated liver, contusion on the lung, hemorrhages in the eyes and spinal cord, subdural hematomas of the brain and more than 100 documented contusions and abrasions on the head, torso, legs and arms.

According to Woodard's attorney, Al Charanza, the state is not pursuing the death penalty against Woodard, meaning if he is found guilty, he will receive an automatic life sentence.

Charanza said the district attorney's office did not oppose the continuance and the Sept. 24 date should hold up for jury selection.

Woodard was arrested in December 2011, after the sheriff's office received the autopsy.

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