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Judge Approves More DNA Testing in Woodruff Case

A state district judge has approved a second-round of DNA testing on evidence from a 2005 double homicide near Royse City.Attorneys representing Brandon Dale Woodruff, convicted of capital murder in the slayings of his parents, had sought the additional testing on items obtained from the murder scene after the first round of tests failed to rule Woodruff out as the killer.

A hearing was conducted Tuesday in the 354th District Court, after which Judge Richard A. Beacom agreed to allow the tests. Woodruff is currently serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole after being convicted of capital murder in connection with the deaths of his parents, Dennis and Norma Woodruff.

Earlier this year Woodruff’s attorneys sought DNA testing on hairs found in the hands of his mother at the murder scene, claiming the hairs could belong to whomever killed the couple.

But in a second motion seeking DNA testing, Attorney Gary A. Udashen said the hairs in Norma Woodruff’s left hand were tested and shown to belong to her. Udashen was now asking for tests on a stain from Norma Woodruff’s shirt, as well as hairs obtained from the victim’s right hand.

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