Lufkin man's capital murder trial begins

Jacob Woodard (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Jacob Woodard (Source: Angelina County Jail)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The capital murder trial has begun for one of five men accused in the February shooting death of a Lufkin man.

Jacob Woodard, 19, faces life in prison if convicted.

The five suspects are charged with capital murder in the Feb. 7 shooting death of Robert Darnell Bennett on California Boulevard.

Lufkin Police believe the five came to the house to rob Bennett of marijuana when one of them shot him.

Wednesday afternoon, Lufkin Police Det. Travis Strickland testified about Woodard.

Strickland said that during the investigation, Woodard seemed to be dishonest at first during the investigation but soon felt remorse and started to tell the truth to them about the events. Strickland looked at photos of a hand scarred and said he couldn't see any sign of a fight over the weapon.

The next witness, Jesus Vela, one of the people being charged in the case, took the stand. He testified that he was waiting by a vehicle when the shooting occurred.

Defense attorney Bill Agnew questioned the witness. Agnew asked if he was only testifying in order to get a lighter sentence. The witness said he was not and only wanted to get the truth out.

The trial is expected to end Friday.

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