Murderer IDed by Dying Man's Blinks Gets 36 Years

Ricardo Woods sentenced to 36 years to life in prison
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 20, 2013 12:37 PM CDT
This undated photo provided by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department shows Ricardo Woods.   (AP Photo/Hamilton County Sheriff's Department)

(Newser) – The man convicted in a murder trial that hinged on a paralyzed victim blinking his eyes to identify his shooter was sentenced today to 36 years to life in prison. A jury last month convicted Ricardo Woods, 35, of murder and felonious assault in the death of David Chandler, who was shot in the head and neck on Oct. 28, 2010, as he sat in a car. Woods still maintains his innocence, and his attorney has said there will be an appeal.

Police interviewed Chandler in the hospital, and he was able to communicate only with his eyes. He died about two weeks later. During the trial, jurors viewed the videotaped police interview that prosecutors say showed Chandler blinked three times for "yes" to identify a photo of Woods as his shooter. The defense had tried to block the video, saying Chandler's blinks were inconsistent and unreliable, but a doctor who treated Chandler testified that Chandler was able to communicate clearly about his condition. (Read more Ricardo Woods stories.)

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