Man accused of drowning toddler testifies in Angelina County capital murder trial

Man accused of drowning toddler testifies in Angelina County capital murder trial

ANGELINA COUNTY, Texas (KTRE) - The Lufkin man charged in the drowning death of a toddler spent all day Thursday testifying in his own defense.

The capital murder trial against Bobby Woods, Jr., was in its seventh day in Angelina County Thursday. Woods testified for several hours starting Thursday morning. By 5 p.m., the state and the defense had rested.

Billie Jean Cuttler was not called back to the stand.

During testimony Thursday afternoon, Woods told jurors his confession was a mistake and a lie. He said statements he made to authorities in the video confession are false and that he would never harm Mason Cuttler.

Woods told the jury he was intimidated by authorities who were questioning him, and that he waived his Miranda rights because he thought having an attorney was for guilty people.

Woods said he wanted to explain himself and his innocence in this case and for that reason he talked to authorities.

According to arrest documents, Woods admitted to investigators that he took Mason to a pond, pushed him into the water and turned his back without making any attempt to rescue the boy.

Last month, a judge denied Woods motion to keep that confession out of evidence.

The defense rested its case after Woods’ testimony. Closing arguments are expected to begin at 8:30 Friday morning.

If convicted, Woods would be sentenced to life without parole.

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The man accused of leading a toddler to a pond and letting him drown took the stand Thursday in his own defense.

Bobby Woods, Jr., of Lufkin, is charged with capital murder in the 2015 death of 3-year-old Mason Cuttler. Woods took the stand Thursday morning.

The 21 year old has been testifying for hours, telling jurors he loved Mason and still does. Woods said that throughout the day he and girlfriend Billie Jean Cuttler had arguments and the last time he saw Mason was with Billie Jean Cuttler.

Woods also said Mason would often wander off and hide under the porch or around the house.

Billie Jean Cuttler is expected to testify today.

Billie Jean Cuttler (Source: Angelina County Sheriff's Office)
Billie Jean Cuttler (Source: Angelina County Sheriff's Office)

KTRE’s Khyati Patel is inside the Angelina County courtroom. She’ll be following this developing story throughout the day and providing updates as they become available.

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