Capital murder suspect to appear in court

William Wooden was charged with capital murder after he shot and killed a man in late August.

Posted: Oct 2, 2018 1:15 PM
Updated: Oct 3, 2018 8:33 PM


The homicide investigator in the case testified that Wooden's girlfriend told investigators that she called Wooden before the murder. She said she told him that, her ex-boyfriend, Kevin Stewart had threatened to shot her after a confrontation at a local dog park. Investigators say, Wooden confronted Stewart at his home where Stewart was armed with two guns. Police say Wooden then shot Stewart in the head and left. When police arrived they found Stewart in the driveway. On Monday, the defense filed a motion asking the judge to provide them help from a court funded expert but that motion was not discussed in Wednesday's hearing.

William Wooden will be in court Wednesday, October 3, 2018 for a preliminary hearing at 1:30 p.m. He was charged with capital murder after he shot and killed Kevin Stewart in late August.

One of the items the judge will review tomorrow is an ex parte motion filed by the defense on Monday. In a nutshell, because defense attorneys claim that Wooden is indigent, the motion asks the judge to allow a court-funded expert to help establish parts of the defense preparation.

The crux of the matter is that the defense wants to be able to meet with that expert without the prosecution present. They claim having prosecutors around for that part of their preparation would violate Wooden's Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendment rights, as well as multiple parts of the Alabama Constitution.

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