Man pleads not guilty to murder of Eugene man

Kyle Woody is accused of killing Anthony Johnson in September 2016.

Posted: Nov 15, 2017 5:57 PM
Updated: Nov 15, 2017 7:17 PM

EUGENE, Ore. – A man accused of killing a Eugene man more than a year ago has pleaded not guilty to murder.

Kyle Woody, 20, was arraigned in court on Wednesday.

He was charged with Anthony Johnson’s murder on October 20 through a secret indictment that wasn’t made public until now. Police confirmed last week that he was a suspect in the case.

Prosecutors said Woody shot and killed Johnson in September 2016. His body was found in the Whiteaker neighborhood near West Fourth Avenue between Monroe and Adams streets, after police responded to shots fired.

For more than a year, police searched for a suspect in the case until those charges were filed. Court documents show investigators talked to more than 20 witnesses.

Woody was convicted of pointing a gun at a crowd of people near the Hub apartments in Eugene in February. He was sentenced to prison and lodged in the Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution in Pendleton.

Prosecutors asked to have him transferred to the Lane County Jail after the indictment was filed.

Woody will be back in court on December 20.

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