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Jury finds Lufkin man guilty of capital murder

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Jacob Woodard (Source: Angelina County Jail) Jacob Woodard (Source: Angelina County Jail)
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

An Angelina County jury has found a Lufkin man guilty in the February shooting death of another man.

Jacob Woodard, 19, receives an automatic life sentence for the capital murder conviction.

"We're gratified by the jury's verdict and happy that they found the defendant guilty," Art Bauereiss, the assistant district attorney, said.

The jury deliberated about five hours.

Woodard was one of five men charged with capital murder in connection to the Feb. 7 shooting death of Robert Darnell Bennett on California Boulevard. Lufkin Police detectives believe that the five men came to the house to rob Bennett of marijuana, and one of them shot him twice.

During closing arguments Friday, Woodard's lawyer, Bill Agnew told jurors Woodard went to Bennett's to rob him and the shooting wasn't planned.

Prosecutor Katrina Carswell told jurors, "Jacob Woodard didn't hesitate that night, he didn't hesitate going into the house, pulling that trigger and looking for dope."

During an interview with detectives, Woodard said he was there for marijuana and the two shots he fired were accidental.

"It was happening so fast that I didn't mean to shoot him the first time," Woodard said on a video of the interview that was shown to the jurors Thursday.

The four co-defendants have not yet faced a jury. One of them, Jesus Vela, testified against Woodard. Of the five men involved, Woodard was the only one to enter the house, but prosecutors say everyone played a role in the murder and all are charged with capital murder.

"There are others whose trials are pending, but everybody's responsibility has to be judged according to their role in the crime," Bauereiss said.

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